Canadian Psychology

This journal covers general mental health issues through news, research and practitioners.

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 1, February

Achieving a Global Psychology
AbstractPsychology has a long history in only a few countries of the world. Initially developed in Europe and the United States, it necessarily has close ties to the cultural traditions of those particular societies. As a result, the discipline and practice...
Developing and Disseminating Effective Psychological Treatments: Science, Practice and Economics
AbstractIn many countries there is growing interest in the identification, development, and dissemination of evidence based psychological therapies. The cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) movement has been particularly successful in developing effective...
Enhancing Access to Psychologically Informed Mental Health Services in Rural and Northern Communities
AbstractAccess to psychologically informed mental health services has historically been a challenge for the more than 6 million Canadians residing in rural and northern (R&N) communities. However, over the past 20 years, Canada has been witness to...
Making Room for Sleep: The Relevance of Sleep to Psychology and the Rationale for Development of Preventative Sleep Education Programs for Children and Adolescents in the Community
AbstractSleep plays a key role in the way that people think, feel, and behave and is a component of each of these domains. A substantial body of evidence indicates that an appropriate level of sleep is necessary for optimization of physical, cognitive,...
Pediatric Needle Procedures: Parent-Child Interactions, Child Fear, and Evidence-Based Treatment
AbstractNeedle pain in children is common. The Canadian vaccination schedule recommends more than 20 immunizations before age 6 for healthy children. Children with chronic illnesses such as diabetes or cancer have many more painful needle procedures...
Psychological Treatments: Putting Evidence into Practice and Practice into Evidence
AbstractIn June 2011, the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Board of Directors launched a task force on the evidence-based practice of psychological treatments. The purpose of this task force was to operationalize what constitutes evidence-based...
Record Keeping and Professional Autonomy: Commentary on Bemister and Dobson (2011, 2012) and Mills (2012)
This commentary addresses two points of divergence with Bemister and Dobson's (2011, 2012) recommended "update" in record keeping. In the first place, it is very difficult to conceive of proper record keeping practices which would be universally relevant...
Reflections on Service to CPA
AbstractThe rewards for service to a professional association are many: reputation-building, power, and influence; skill development; networking opportunities; feelings of mastery and belonging. These serve to maintain the behaviours despite occasional...
Scientific and Clinical Considerations in Progress Monitoring: When Is a Brief Measure Too Brief?
It is argued that the use of brief measures such as the CORE 10 and the ORS in patient monitoring and feedback systems is problematic because their poor reliability leads to insufficient sensitivity for early decision making. This problem is partially...
The Role of Work Motivation in Psychological Health
AbstractIt is incumbent on organisations to find ways to support their employees and help them achieve their full potential; they must provide employees with conditions that promote psychological health. Based on a series of studies conducted by Dr....
The Six R's of Remembering
AbstractAlthough complex and multifaceted, memory can be distilled into a small set of very fundamental principles-the six R's of memory. The first is receding, whereby what is actually experienced is transformed on its way into memory with the goal...
Why Interventions in Dysfunctional Communities Fail: The Need for a Truly Collective Approach
AbstractCommunities can become dysfunctional. Many Aboriginal and inner city communities are not only defined by mainstream authorities, but equally by themselves, as struggling with a persistent range of social problems. Intervention strategies have...
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