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On May 30th, the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (CPBC) held its final Annual General Meeting (AGM). It was a significant event, marking the last AGM before the College's dissolution and its amalgamation with other professional colleges. The AGM was a mixed format, accommodating both in-person and virtual attendance. Physical venues were arranged at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus and the University of Victoria, linked together for a unified experience. During the event, Dr. Erika Horwitz , the president of the Board of Directors at the BC Psychological Association (BCPA), delivered a heartfelt address. Erika paid tribute ...
BCPA's Director of Advocacy, Dr Erika Penner, responds to questions regarding BC's move to regulate psychotherapy. June 1, 2024 WATCH THE INTERVIEW #bcpsychologists #mentalhealthbc
BC Psychological Association Indigenous Student Award: $2000 grant available to support Indigenous graduate students in BC. Apply by March 1st! Click the title ⬆️ to learn more. ...
Everyone experiences moments of stress and sadness in the course of their days. But depression is more impactful and lasts much longer. The World Health Organization has declared that depression is the leading cause of disability in the world. We acknowledge the impact of general mental health issues on World Mental Health Day October 10, 2023, and depression is acknowledged on Depression Screening Day Thurs Oct 5, 2023. Depression can interfere with the activities of daily life, it can cause physical symptoms (such as pain, weight changes, sleeping issues, or loss of energy). Depression may lead to an inability to focus and concentrate, a lack of interest ...
Amidst the devastating B.C. wildfires in the Okanagan and Shuswap, the toll on mental health is hitting hard. In this interview by Global News, Psychologist Heather McEachern sheds light on the prevalent anticipatory anxiety and grief and offers advice to navigate these challenging times. https://globalnews.ca/news/ 9913392/mental-health- devastating-bc-wildfire- season/
June 20th is World Refugee Day, a day designated by the United Nations (UN) to honour refugees around the world. This year’s theme as set by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is HEALING . As we mark World Refugee Day 2023, and remember the millions of forcibly displaced individuals, we ask psychologists to reflect on their role in supporting and working with refugee populations. The BCPA DSAC committee will offer a workshop on working with refugee clients in the Fall of 2023. The number of forcibly displaced people around the world has more than doubled over the past decade. According to the latest available estimates, a total number ...
As an association supporting mental health, we value all helping professions and that all are necessary within the healthcare ecosystem. Over the past few years, BCPA has advanced the public, private, and governmental discussion of the necessity of a robust and varied set of mental and behavioural health team members. While all members of the team are important, it is important for us to help communicate to the public how those in the mental health field in various positions can be differentiated and uniquely contribute to a care team. Therefore, the BCPA Advocacy Committee has created an infographic that we plan on publicizing to help educate the public and ...
Psychologists see people of all ages and may work with individuals, couples, families, or groups. Psychologists also work with organizations, companies, and government agencies. Many psychologists focus on psychological treatment; however others provide both treatment and assessment services, while others provide only specialized assessment services for rehabilitation or court related purposes. Since many psychologists have specialized training and knowledge to deal with particular issues, it can be important to make sure that you find the right psychologist to help you with your particular concern. Some of these specialized areas in which psychologists ...