The Canadian Psychological Association raises the awareness of child and youth mental health at its annual convention

    OTTAWA, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Psychological Association
(CPA), the national voice for the research and practice of psychology in
Canada as well as the country's over 16,000 psychologists, celebrates its 70th
Annual Convention at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montréal, Québec,
June 11 to 13, 2009.
    Attended by more than 1500 psychologists and students, the CPA Annual
Convention is the largest event of its kind for Canadian psychology. Co-hosted
this year by l'Ordre des psychologues du Québec, the convention will host over
a thousand paper and poster presentations on a wide-range of topics related to
the science and practice of psychology.
    "Key themes for CPA in 2009 are funding for research and access to
evidence-based services" says CPA President, Dr. Catherine Lee. CPA is seizing
every opportunity to get the message to the public and to policy makers that
we need to increase access to effective psychological services for children
and youth. Early intervention is essential in the prevention and treatment of
    CPA advocates to the Mental Health Commission of Canada for a mental
health strategy that is service-based and one that delivers the right mental
health service to the right person, from the right provider, at the right time
and in the right place. This applies to children, youth and adults alike.
"Research shows that evidence-based psychological interventions are effective
in treating a range of mental health problems facing Canadians" says CPA's
Executive Director, Dr. Karen Cohen. Further, we help to reduce the stigma of
mental disorders when a society makes effective services available to those
who need them.
    In addition to raising the awareness of child and youth mental health,
mental health services will also be among some of the themes of our keynote
    Mr. André Picard, reporter for the Globe and Mail, is this year's
recipient of the CPA Humanitarian Award for his work in raising awareness of
mental disorders. He will lead a panel discussion on June 11th entitled
"Mental Health Care Delivery in Canada: Gaps, Needs and Opportunities".
    Dr. Catherine Lee's presidential address will highlight findings from
research on families that have important implications for the development of
prevention and intervention programs. She will also convene a Presidential
Symposium on "Evidence-Based Psychological Services for Children and Youth" on
June 11th. Dr. Matthew R. Sanders, the Honorary President of CPA will present
an address on June 12th entitled: "Adoption of a Public Health Perspective in
the Delivery of Evidence-Based Parenting Intervention: Benefits and
Challenges." Dr. Sanders' work in developing the Triple P parenting program,
which has been adopted successfully in 16 countries has been recognized by
numerous international awards.
    Psychological research is critical to effective service delivery and CPA
joins in the call for the funding and support for Canada's researchers. Gaps,
opportunities and funding for psychological and mental health research will be
key to an invited symposium of representatives from Canada's granting
councils; the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council of Canada.
    Other keynotes speakers at the Montréal convention will cover topics such
as false memories, treatment of emotional disorders, depression in older
adults, psychopathy, social determinants of health, psychological factors in
the workplace, self injurious behaviour, giftedness, and the psychological
dimensions of addressing climate change.

    A schedule of the conventions' presentations can be found at:

    The CPA honours those people whose work advances psychological science,
health and wellbeing and exemplifies how the science and practice of
psychology contributes to the lives of Canadians. A full list of the CPA's
Award Recipients is available at

    About the CPA

    The Canadian Psychological Association was organized in 1939 to improve
the health and welfare of all Canadians; promote excellence and innovation in
psychological research, education, and practice; and promote the advancement,
development, dissemination, and application of psychological knowledge.
    For more information about the CPA and the Convention please visit our
website at

For further information:

For further information: Linda McPhee, Director of Communications and
Stakeholder Relations, Canadian Psychological Association, (613) 237-2144 ext.
325; cell: (613) 218-3415,; Available for interview: CPA
Outgoing President Dr. Catherine M. Lee; CPA Incoming President Dr. Martin M.
Antony; CPA Executive Director Dr. Karen R. Cohen; Several Keynote Speakers
and Award Winners

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