Ending Homelessness - OPA NewsBrief

Ending Homelessness in Ontario: Addressing the Mental Health and Functional Needs of the Most Vulnerable Amongst UsThis is a special edition of our NewsBrief authored by Dr. Sylvain Roy, a licensed neuropsychologist and the lead clinician at CAMH’s Psychosocial Rehabilitation Assessment Service. He works with the homeless at the Inner City FHT. His practice is focused on the assessment and rehabilitation of patients with severe, persistent mental illness and brain dysfunctions.

Registration Open for Annual Conference
February 20 & 21, 2015 (Preconference Feb. 19)

The OPA's 68th Annual Conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on King St. W in Toronto (where you can reserve a room at a reduced rate until January 30), is going to be a "must attend" event. The Full Program highlights the great keynote presentations, speakers, interesting and timely fireside chats, and workshops highlighting some of the great work being accomplished in Ontario. Click here to register.

2015 - New Years NewsBrief

It is traditional to spend time each New Year thinking about the accomplishments of the past year and looking forward to new goals and challenges in the year to come. On behalf of the Board of the OPA, this NewsBrief is an update on OPA’s accomplishments in 2014 and a taste of what you can expect from the OPA in 2015. Click here to see the 2015 New Year NewsBrief! 

Nominations for OPA Awards

The OPA is requesting that you take the time to review our list of awards and nominate peers who have made a difference in your professional career or to the profession in general, or a group, a department or committee that has made a difference in the lives of Ontarians. Click here for a list of awards and to download a nomination form.

The deadline for nominations is January 2, 2015.

Nominations to Board of Directors

There are two positions on the Board of Directors that need to be filled, and we are requesting nominations for a Director of the Board and the Director of Graduate Affairs. Click here for more information and to download a nomination form.

The deadline for nominations is January 2, 2015.

OPA Conference 2015 - Call for Poster Abstracts
Deadline Extended - Prize for Winning Poster

The OPA will be hosting our Annual Conference on Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21st, 2015. We are extending our invitation for practicing psychologists and graduate students in psychology to submit a poster related to research and/ or innovative practices in the field of psychology. We are also offering a cash prize for the winning poster. Click here for an application.


The new deadline for application is Monday, December 15 and notification of status of inclusion is Monday, December 22.


Pro Bono Legal Advice Available

Gowlings, one of Canada’s largest national legal firms, offers summary pro bono legal advice to all psychologists, psychological associates, and graduate students participating in the Professional Liability Insurance Program. Members can take advantage of this complimentary program for practice-related questions involving such issues as: Privacy and confidentiality; Conflicts of interest; How to respond to requests for information from third parties; Inquiries from your regulatory body; How to respond to a subpoena; Professional misconduct; Ethical obligations; and, Professional obligations.

To access this service, please call 1-855-441-4424. Click here for more information.

Information Regarding Ebola Virus

Managing Your Fears About Ebola (Consumer information from APA)

As Ebola Concerns Mount, Psychology Offers Guidance on Health-Risks Communication (This APA document is useful for media and psychologists preparing for media interview about managing anxiety about ebola)


Home and Auto Insurance for OPA Members

We are now excited to announce the OPA Home and Auto Insurance Program. With the savings from this program, your OPA membership will be virtually free! Read the September NewsBrief for more information.

Click here for more information and how to register.


Telepsychology Webinar Series *Registration Open*

"Telepsychology Best Practices" (October 6, 12-2pm EST) - REGISTER NOW
"Telepsychology-The Canadian/Ontario Context" (November 18) - REGISTER NOW

The October 6 two-hour webinar, given by Dr. Marlene Maheu, will help attendees comply with best practices as addressed in recent telepractice guidelines. The second in the webinar series will have a panel of experts provide a broader Ontario & Canada context. Receive a discount if you register for both webinars. See flyer for more details


SecPE Dorothy Hill Memorial Symposium

October 30, 2014 - 8:30am-3pm (Toronto)

Registration is now open for the October 30 Dorothy Hill Memorial Symposium. For speakers and topics, please see the "Save the Date" flyer.


OPA Strategic Planning Session

June 13, 2014 - 9am-4pm - Professional Development Institute, Toronto

Click here for Strategic Planning Deck and other documents.


OPA Submission to FSCO

Visit the Auto Task Force Members page to download OPA's "FSCO 2014 Statement of Priorities: A Review by OPA"

IMPORTANT NOTICE – Clarification about the CPA/CPAP insurance program (notice from CPA)

In our most recent correspondence, we informed members that we would be providing an update on the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Council of Professional Associations of Psychologists (CPAP) insurance program. The CPA/CPAP professional liability and clinic insurance program offers the most comprehensive coverage to psychological professionals available in Canada...(read full release here).



Successful Psychological Advocacy in Canada

The Canadian Psychological Association’s (CPA) advocacy efforts to enhance access to psychological services pay off for hundreds of thousands of Canadians!  Treasury Board President, the Honourable Tony Clement, announced that as of October 1st, 2014, federal workers and retirees will see their extended health insurance coverage for psychological services double from $1,000 to $2,000 annually.Click for the CPA press release.

OPA President, Dr. Jane Storrie 

A note from OPA President, Dr. Jane Storrie

I am so very honoured and excited to be President of the Ontario Psychological Association!  We have much to look forward to over the next few years, as the Association undergoes a re-branding to capitalize on a renewed commitment to represent psychology, advocate for increased access to psychological services, and showcase our contributions to academia and research...(more)

March ONPsych NewsBriefs:

OPA Member Registry (and survey)

OPA Insurance

OPA Queen's Park Reception for MPPs


First Annual Reception for MPPs at Queen's Park - A Resounding Success!

Click for Issue Briefs & Photos


Materials from the 2014 Convention

Mind Your Mental Health Campaign!

Professional Practice Guidelines for School Psychologists in Ontario


Additional information