We're Hiring! - Manager, Programs & Community Partnerships

We are looking for a dynamic Manager of Programs and Community Partnerships to join our amazing team! To learn more about this position and its requirements click the link below. This search is being conducted on behalf of The Psychology Foundation of Canada by crawfordconnect, a search firm specializing in recruiting non-profit professionals. If you, or someone you know may be interested in this position, follow the link below to apply by April 1, 2019. Please apply with both your cover letter and resume.


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CPA - PFC Scholarships and Awards 

The Psychology Foundation of Canada became the new home of the Canadian Psychological Association Foundation in 2015 and now administers the awards and grants programs. Click the button below for RFAs and brief descriptions for three awards with submissions due by March 31st 2019. We would appreciate if you reached out to your network to raise awareness about these opportunities. 


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14th Annual Breakfast for Champions

Key messages for healthy development in early childhood

A public health agency in Ontario has identified the need to update a resource that highlights key factors and messages about the socio-emotional development of children ages 0 to 6 years. The current resource is a valuable prevention and promotion tool for staff to use when interacting with children, caregivers and families but is in need of more current information.


Girl Guides of Canada Mighty Minds                    

Girl Guides of Canada Mighty Minds is a new, national program being introduced across Canada to promote positive mental health. Developed in collaboration with experts at The Psychology Foundation of Canada  and Kids Help Phone, Mighty Minds will help girls and young women learn about mental health, address the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, develop skills to face the ups and downs of the daily life and learn to take care of their mental health now and throughout their lives.

The Psychology Foundation of Canada has recently completed "Parenting Tip Sheets" for parents of preteens (Available in different languages)

The “You and Your Preteen” Tip sheets were developed to provide helpful information on how parents can maintain their relationship with their child as they transition into the teen years. While the sheets provide tips for all parents of preteens, they were specifically created to address the challenges newcomer families face as their child moves towards greater independence. There are 6 topics that cover Friendships, Discipline, Puberty, Building a Strong Relationship, Independence and Managing Conflict.  

They are currently available for download on our RESOURCE  page.

 The Anxiety Workbook for Kids

Congratulations to our Trustee Dr. Robin Alter, she has just published a second book: “The Anxiety Workbook for kids: Take Charge of Fears and Worries Using the Gift of Imagination”

Millions of children suffer from anxiety, and those who are diagnosed with anxiety or brought into therapy often feel embarrassed about not being “normal”. But children have an underutilized tool at their disposal – their imagination.

As children become more aware of the role of their imagination in fueling their anxiety, they will ultimately become the boss of their worries by harnessing the power of their imaginations. This creates an opportunity for children to understand their anxiety from a positive framework.

The Anxiety Workbook for Kids is a fun and unique workbook grounded in evidence-based CBT and designed to help children understand their anxious thoughts within a positive framework—a perspective that will allow kids to see themselves as the highly imaginative individuals they are, and actually appreciate the role imagination plays in their anxiety. With this workbook, children will learn that, just as they are capable of envisioning vivid scenarios that fuel their anxiety, they are capable of using their imagination to move away from anxious thoughts and become the boss of their own worries.

New Partnership with CBC Parents 

Some of our psychologists will be writing articles for this popular
 CBC website that features everything from parenting information and advice to fun crafts and activity ideas. The articles will draw from PFC resources and programs, including Make The Connection, Parenting for Life, Kids Have Stress Too!® and Stress Lessons.  Articles will cover a variety of important parenting topics such as building resilience in an anxious world, finding quality time, and how to help ensure your children get enough sleep. 

Dr. Ester Cole

If Your Child Is Disorganized Now, They Won't Be Forever - Here's How To Work On It

Dr. Robin Alter

How to Know if Fear is Just Childhood Development Or a Mental Health Concern

Dr. Ester Cole

6 Ways You Can Help Build Your Child's Self Esteem

Dr. Kofi-Len Belfon

Managing the Line Between Keeping Kids Safe and Overprotecting Them

Dr. Robin Alter

Strategies for Parenting Kids Who Have Anxiety 

Dr. Kofi-Len Belfon

4 Things to Consider When Telling Your Kids You Are Separating

Dr. Harvey Skinner

Gentle Techniques from Around the World to Help Calm your Kids

Dr. Rebecca Pillai Riddell

How Parents Can Help Kids During Needles and Painful Procedures

Dr. Ester Cole

How Parents Can Help Their Children Succeed at School

Elizabeth Morley 

How to Make Back-to-School Transitions Less Traumatic for the Entire Family

Dr. Nasreen Khatri 
The Health Risk of Loneliness and How to Tackle it During the Parenting Years

Dr. Robin Alter
Active Minds, Restless Sleep: An Expert's Advice for Making Bedtime Sleep Time 

Dr. Nasreen Khatri 
7 Ways to Incorporated More Rest into Your Daily Life

Dr. Robin Alter 
How To Create Quality Time With Your Kids When There Is So Little Time

Dr. Julaine Brent
Are We Destined to Repeat the Mistakes Our Parents Made?

Dr. Nasreen Khatri
6 Tips For Helping Girls Develop A Healthy Body Image

Dr. Robin Alter
5 Ways To Build Your Child’s Resilience In An Anxious World

Dr. Julaine Brent 
Your Kids May Actually Think You Love Your Phone More Than Them

Dr. Robin Alter
4 Tips to Keep your Holidays Happy and Stress Free
Coping with Trauma

When a crisis happens, as it just did in Toronto, then all of us become a bit unglued.  The unspeakable has happened, but we must find some words to help our children, so they can make sense of the world and still be able to carry on– to  play, do their work and get to sleep at night.  We must think about how to reassure and help them.  This is certainly no small task, when we are grappling to understand it ourselves. Since our children look to us for this very thing, we must not let them down. We offer the following suggestions gleaned from our psychologists and some of the wisdom of others:

How to help our children when disaster happens
: by Dr. Robin Alter

Coping with tragic events: by Dr. Ester Cole

centerforparentingeducation.org: Talking to children about traumatic events

traumaawareschools.org: Promoting trauma informed school systems

cbitsprogram.org: Cognitive behavioural intervention for trauma in schools

ssetprogram.org: Support for students exposed to trauma

Psychology’s Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Report

Last year the Canadian Psychological Association and the Psychology Foundation of Canada commissioned a joint task force to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report (2015). The task force was created to develop concrete, action-oriented recommendations in order to improve the field’s service to the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations in Canada.  With additional financial support from the University of Guelph-Humber, the task force carried out its mandate and provided its report to both CPA Board of Directors and PFC Board of Trustees. In April of this year both Boards voted to accept the report and will begin acting on its recommendations. Task force representatives are scheduled to discuss the report at the 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology, on June 26th, 2018 at 10:15 AM in room 516 E, Palais des congrès, Montréal, Québec.  The Task Force invites all ICAP delegates  interested in hearing about the report, and discussing the ways forward, to attend. Importantly, the task force asks all readers to be mindful that its report represents the start of a collaborative discussion, not a conclusion. All feedback is welcome.  See below the report.

TRC Task Force Report
(Adobe PDF File)
DHS Flyer
(Adobe PDF File)