We’re pleased to present the May edition of Kaleidoscope, the newsletter of our Counselling Psychology Section. In this issue you’ll find another internship placement profile, a practitioner series feature article, and loads of information to help plan your CPA Convention time in Toronto. As always, we encourage your feedback and welcome your comments!
On behalf of the CPA Counselling Section Executive, please accept our best wishes for the new year ahead. It’s a time for reflection, goal-setting, and reading! So, to support you, here’s the link to our newest Kaleidoscope 🙂
Please send in your comments, questions, articles and suggestions for our next edition of Kaleidoscope (published in February 2017). Thanks so much & happy new year!
This session may be of interest to our members – Training Clinical Psychologists and Interprofessional Practice: Ensuring That Our Graduates Are Competent. Presented by Olga Heath, Julie Gosselin and Maxine Holmqvist. They will be sharing their expertise on best practices in interprofessional training and making a strong argument for how we need to pay more attention to developing interprofessional competency in our psychology trainees. The session is scheduled as part of the CPA Convention, on Friday, June 10th, 13:30-15:30 in the Balmoral room (Fairmont Empress – Lower Level).
Pre-Convention Workshop Notice:
Culturally Competent Care
Highlighted by the recent influx of Syrian refugees to Canada, provision of culturally competent, evidence-based care is at the forefront of issues facing practitioners in psychology. Unfortunately, this is an area that is not covered universally or in sufficient depth by training programs and continuing education opportunities for psychologists in Canada. To help address this issue, the Canadian Psychological Association will be hosting a full-day pre-convention workshop on Culturally Competent Care on June 8, 2016 as part of our 78th Annual Convention in Victoria, BC.
The day will start with a pedagogical presentation by Dr. Ghayda Hassan, who will focus on the role of the mental health provider in providing effective care to Syrian refugees. Her presentation will address several issues specific to Syrian refugees, including common mental health concerns, potential barriers to effective care, incorporating faith and culture into the therapeutic relationship, providing effective care for women and children, and working effectively with other health providers.
This will be followed by a panel discussion led by Drs. Andrew Ryder, Anusha Kassan, and Ada Sinacore, who will use cases and examples to illustrate the myriad potential challenges of, and competencies required for, providing effective care for diverse cultural groups. They will draw on their collective experience in clinical and counselling psychology to discuss effective care as it relates to topics such as: immigration, migration, trauma, faith, (bi)cultural identity, gender, and sexuality.
To learn more and register for this workshop, please visit: http://www.cpa.ca/Convention/registration/
Student Representative Position
Nominee: Theresa Jubenville
My name is Theresa Jubenville, and I am a second year PhD student in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of Calgary. My experience serving in leadership roles, along with a commitment to furthering the field of Counselling Psychology make me a strong candidate for the position of student representative for the Counselling Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).
During the past academic year, I served as the PhD Counselling Psychology student representative at the University of Calgary. While in this role, I have honoured and represented the student voice, advocating for changes to benefit the student body and voicing student concerns at monthly faculty meetings. The dedication, perseverance, and passion I brought to representing student expression paid off. Specifically, I created an online communication platform for all Counselling Psychology students at the University of Calgary, implemented a feedback system to follow up with student concerns, and worked to establish a clear role description for the student representative. My time in this role has shown me the power of the student voice, and I believe that this collective voice can create meaningful change. As such, I am passionate about ensuring that the student voice is well articulated within the CPA, providing students accessible avenues of communication and involvement. If elected into the role of student representative for the Counselling Psychology Section of CPA, I will strive to use the communication tools already in place to garner student input, as well as work in collaboration with the Student Section of the CPA to understand and address issues important to the students of the CPA.
This past year I also served as the campus representative in Educational Psychology for the Student Section of the CPA. With an enthusiasm to promote the strength and vibrancy of the discipline of Counselling Psychology, I second authored a presentation with Julie Cohen that will be distributed across Canada to distinguish the identity of Counselling Psychology for prospective graduate students. Continuing with the work that the current CPA Counselling Psychology Executive initiated, I will strive to continue to distinguish and promote Counselling Psychology identity across Canada. I believe it is important to educate future graduate students about the presence of Counselling Psychology and the unique training that one receives in this stream of psychology.
Beyond advancing this knowledge to prospective students, I have come to see a need to expand knowledge of the discipline of Counselling Psychology to professionals. As I will be entering into the AAPIC internship process rather shortly, the shortage of internship sites that accept Counselling Psychology students is a significant concern for a student like myself looking to obtain an AAPIC placement, but should also raise concern among professionals within our discipline. If elected as the student representative for the Section of Counselling Psychology within CPA, one of the initiatives I would endeavor to pursue is an evaluation of APPIC sites regarding their perceptions of Counsellling Psychology and the skills and training of Counselling Psychology students. As I have always found value in blending both research and practice, understanding internship site perceptions of Counselling Psychology may delineate what steps may be taken to describe how we as a profession may better advance Counselling Psychology and promote our value at a systemic level.
My clinical training at numerous practicum sites has led to a recognition and appreciation of the value of inter-professional collaboration. With a desire to bring this inter-professional collaboration into the academic setting, I worked with colleagues in both Clinical Psychology and School Psychology programs at the University of Calgary to initiate a monthly professional development seminar, inviting guest psychologists to present on various areas of practice. This proved to be an excellent opportunity for students to network across disciplines and learn from one another. I believe that this type of collaboration is a stepping-stone towards bridging the divisiveness between the various streams of psychology, helping to bring awareness to the strengths and value that Counselling Psychology can offer to internship sites, and society as a whole.
In addition to acting in leadership roles, I am also a research assistant on a provincial research project that is investigating the transitional and employment experiences of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This work closely aligns with my doctoral research, which focuses on improving understanding of and access to mental health services for adults with ASD. Viewing research as a powerful tool for implementing social change, I am motivated to bring more attention to developmental disorders within Counselling Psychology, an area that is currently underdeveloped.
When I’m not busy with leadership or research roles, I enjoy teaching fitness classes at my local gym, being outdoors with my dog, and traveling the world. It would be a great honour to be elected into the role of student representative for the Counselling Section of CPA. I would not take this responsibility lightly, and would work hard to show my commitment to the students and to the profession of Counselling Psychology.
The International and Cross-Cultural Psychology section’s keynote speaker is Dr. Andrew Ryder, who will give a talk entitled “Cultural-Clinical Psychology: From Field to Lab to Clinic” on Friday June 10th from 4pm to 5pm in the Saanich 1 room. Dr. Ryder has vast experience as both a researcher and a clinician, which he will share during his talk.