February 2018

By | Monthly Update

1. Noteworthy items

  • Video launch: MPS has launched a commercial with the support of CPA, which can be viewed through our Facebook link above
  • The APA has created a new initiative to recognize psychologists for leadership and commitment to their communities. The APA Citizen Psychologist initiative invites self or other nominations for a presidential citation related to such leadership. More information and nomination materials can be found here: http://www.apa.org/about/governance/citizen-psychologist/
2. Upcoming Events
  • Monday, February 5, 2018 5-8 PM: MPS will be offering a free media training workshop to all members, facilitated by Judith Cameron. The workshop will focus on navigating the interview (strategies for interview success within a variety of modalities), communicating with media in crisis situations, and more. Please send an email to Dr. Kristin Reynolds (kristin.reynolds@umanitoba.ca) if you are interested in attending the workshop. 
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018 3-4:30 PM: Clinical Health Psychology 3rd annual Robert M. Martin Memorial Lecture with featured speaker Mr. André Picard, Health Columnist, Globe and Mail, who will present on Building a Healthier Health System taking place in Theatre B, Basic Medical Sciences Building,  
  • Monday, March 19, 2018: Want an opportunity for learning, fun, camaraderie, and great food? Join us at the MPS Annual General Meeting and Conference. Continuing education presentations will be held in the afternoon, followed by dinner and the Annual General Meeting (keynote speaker to be determined).
    • Student Poster Competition – we will be holding our bi-annual Student Poster Competition at the MPS AGM on March 19, 2018. Interested students should submit the title of their poster to Maia Kredentser by February 19, 2018 (posters presented at other conferences may be used). The winner will receive a $100 cash prize and recognition at the AGM. More details will be sent to presenters closer to the date.
  • February is Psychology Month! Information about events will be forthcoming through email and on our Facebook page.

3. MPS Updates

  • The MPS Social Action Committee decided to support comments made in a Winnipeg Free Press Op. Ed. piece by Dr. Jim Silver, about the importance of addressing the social determinants of health.  As this is an area with well-documented research and with social significance, the committee sent a letter to the editor supporting Dr. Silver’s points and highlighting their relevance to mental health.  The letter was published on January 23, 2018.

4. Articles of Interest

5. Get to know an MPS Board Member

Featuring Dr. Jo Ann Unger, Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor, Clinical Health Psychology, Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.

What are your initiatives with the board?

I am currently involved in a number of ways with the MPS board. For the past year and a half or so, and under the mentorship of Dr. Len Greenwood, I have been MPS’s Membership Director. This involves a number of things including reviewing membership requests and sending out all of those lovely membership renewal reminders. I am also currently President-Elect and have been enjoying watching Dr. Piotrowski closely to learn about the President role which I will take on in June, 2018. I will be passing along the Membership Director role to another board member in the next few months; stay tuned.  

Another MPS initiative I am involved in is a proposal for a Mental Health and Addictions Community Advocacy Network.  The purpose of the network is to increase communication between groups that do advocacy in this area and to potentially create partnerships for specific advocacy efforts. A number of other board members and I are currently in the process of reaching out to community agencies and other professional associations to get their input and feedback on the creation of such a network. We have enlisted a number of students to help us compile this interview data and will use it to fine tune the original proposal. We hope to have a network established and host a meet-and-greet event in June.

What do you enjoy about being on the board? 

What drew me most to being a part of the MPS board was the opportunity to do advocacy work on behalf of the people who require psychological services and cannot gain access. There is such a shortage of psychologists in this province and the need is so great. Now that I have been a part of the board for a couple of years, I greatly enjoy getting to know and working with such a wonderful group of psychologists.  I look forward to our thought-provoking discussions, our collaboration on projects and informal conversations. I am looking forward to what the next few years at MPS will bring and am grateful for the ongoing mentorship of Dr. Piotrowski

Office Space Available

By | Advertisement, Mailings

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Located between Wolseley and Downtown, West Broadway is a trendy commercial neighbourhood where you’ll find some of Winnipeg’s best independently-owned food, entertainment, fashion, and personal and professional services. It is also rich in culture, diversity, and community spirit, with its community gardens, free drop in art programs, street festivals, and other community offerings.

The building at 608 Broadway was a charming residence when it was built in 1900. It has retained its comfortable character since its conversion to commercial use, and is soon to be home to a busy private psychology practice. The building is adjacent other personal and professional services, including medical, legal, and financial. It is close to downtown and the University of Winnipeg, and is on several city bus routes.

Three windowed offices of approximately 105 square feet each, and one of approximately 80 square feet, are available for rent. Included in the rent are:

– unfurnished office space (main floor office is wheelchair accessible)
– part-time shared reception
– shared waiting area
– shared boardroom
– wireless internet, fax, shredding, and mail
– office cleaning
– shared kitchenette
– accessible main floor washroom
– heat and hydro
– alarm system

While the location and character of the building are a great fit for most professional activities, including legal or financial services, it would be an especially good fit for mental health care providers. For counsellors and psychotherapists who wish, the following are also included in the rent:

– electronic health record system
– payment processing and billing service

Designated parking is also available, at additional cost.

This is an ideal opportunity for mental health care providers, or other professional service providers, who are seeking to rent a comfortable character space, with administrative support, that will permit more time and attention to be devoted to service provision.

Viewings are possible after January 15th, 2018, with tenancies scheduled to begin February 1st, 2018. Queries should be directed to Dr. Michael Ellery, C.Psych., at 204-509-7412 or DrMichaelEllery@gmail.com. Thanks to everyone for your interest!

January 2018

By | Monthly Update

1. Noteworthy items

2. Upcoming Events

  • MPS will be offering a free media training workshop to all members, facilitated by Judith Cameron. The workshop will focus on navigating the interview (strategies for interview success within a variety of modalities), communicating with media in crisis situations, and more.The workshop is tentatively scheduled for Monday February 5th from 5-8pm.Please send an email to Dr. Kristin Reynolds (kristin.reynolds@umanitoba.ca) if you are interested in attending the workshop.
  • Want an opportunity for learning, fun, camaraderie, and great food? The MPS Annual General Meeting and Conference is being planned for Monday, March 19, 2018. Continuing education presentations will be held in the afternoon, followed by dinner and the Annual General Meeting (keynote speaker to be determined).
  • Student Poster Competition – we will be holding our bi-annual Student Poster Competition at the MPS AGM on March 19, 2018. Interested students should submit the title of their poster to Maia Kredentser by February 19, 2018 (posters presented at other conferences may be used). The winner will receive a cash prize and recognition at the AGM. More details will be sent to presenters closer to the date.
  • February is Psychology Month! Information about events will be forthcoming through email and on our Facebook page.

3. MPS Updates 

  • As Manitoba Psychological Society does not have an office, records from 50 years have been stored in boxes and files in the homes of various MPS officers, past and present. Thanks to receipt of an APA Organizational Grant, MPS can fund a project to digitize most of our records, which will make access easier for administration and clear some basement and home office space!  We are fortunate to have our student representative, Maia Kredentser, organizing assistance with this project and we also will be using a professional service. If there are any more MPS records lurking in basements somewhere in the city, please do contact Maia at umkreden@myumanitoba.ca or our Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Sztaba at executived@mps.ca and we will gladly retrieve them for this new posterity project.

4. Articles of Interest

5. Get to know an MPS Board Member, featuring Dr. Kristin Reynolds, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology (Clinical Area), University of Manitoba

What are your initiatives with the board? I eagerly joined the MPS Board in the fall of 2016. One of my main roles within the board is Communications Director. This involves preparing press releases, connecting media with clinical psychologists who have particular areas of expertise, and organizing media-related events such as the upcoming media training workshop (mark your calendars for Monday February 5th 5-8pm and see details above)! 

I am also a member of the Mental Health and Addictions Advocacy Committee within the MPS Board. This newly-formed committee is in the process of bringing together a network of community agencies and professional associations who are involved in the advocacy of mental health and addictions services and treatment, in order to coordinate advocacy efforts.

What do you enjoy about being on the board? I am passionate about clinical psychology and the advancement of science and practice. Being on the MPS Board provides ample opportunities to become involved in initiatives that help to shape the future of psychology in our great province. MPS initiatives include those focused on mobilizing advocacy efforts, transferring psychological knowledge to the public, and collaborating with psychologists and organizations completing important work in the area of mental health. As a new investigator and early career professional, being on the MPS Board has also been a wonderful way to meet clinical psychologists who work in a range of professional settings.