February is National Psychology Month!
Theme — The Value of Choosing a Psychologist
The goal of Psychology Month is to raise Canadian’s awareness of the role that psychology plays in our lives, our schools, our communities, & our employment. Psychology month is an excellent opportunity for public education & promotion of the profession.
Materials can be obtained from the PAA office to assist with your promotional activities during Psychology Month.
Get Involved Be Creative
We’re here to help and have Resources & Materials to assist with your Psychology Month promotion.
Help us Help a Local Library
Download this Letter Template, fill in your name and the name of your local library, and drop it off in person or in the mail. The letter offers to provide the library with resources that promote psychology and psychological health – it’s a great way to influence communities that takes little time.
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2019 Psychology Month Events
PAA increased its social media outputs (Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIN) in February in recognition of Psychology Month.
Throughout the month in St. Albert and 21 Edmonton Public Libraries information on mental health and psychology was displayed. The displays included information about PAA and psychological concerns such as anxiety, depression and chronic pain. Dr. Erin Buhr organized this event.
Throughout the month Jennifer Strebchuk displayed in her office information on mental health and psychology as well as sharing information about the benefits of medical-psychological collaboration with local physicians.
Throughout the month St. Mary University honours and capstone project Psych 400 students in Calgary teamed up to bring a week of de-stress initiatives (Aboriginal Wheel of Wellness, Casey Eagle speaker, Valentines bake sale) to help students unwind before reading week arrived. Psychological materials were provided to all participants.
Throughout the month Sara Ludu educated her clients at Homewood Health about the support and help available for mental health throughout the city. She informed clients of the benefits left unused through their extended health for services that are covered by Psychologists.
Dr. Wes Miller and Lindsay Wolf-Owczarek provided a presentation “Mental Health in the Classroom” to the North East Catchment of Edmonton Public Schools.
Dr. Angela Grace and EDSA – Evening of Hope – provided an evening of stories of healing, as told through art, music, dance and spoken words.
February 4 – 8th
Edmonton Public Schools central office displayed information on mental health and psychology. Their display included information about PAA and psychological concerns such as Psychologically Healthy Workplace, School Psychology, depression, anxiety and parenting. Billie-Jo Scott organized this event.
3rd annual Yoga Rave, was hosted by MacEwan University Recreation, it was a unique event that merged a 2-hour yoga class with the lively atmosphere of a rave. The focus of this event was to promote wellness, mental health and social inclusion through a fun and unconventional yoga class. There were glow-sticks, body paint, wellness vendors, and a live DJ.
February 14 – 15th
2019 Calgary City Teachers’ Convention was held at Telus Convention Centre and managed by Monique Jamin, Michelle Springman, Sara Ludu, Lauren Chan and Jeffrey Smith.
Dr. Judi Malone, Chief Executive Officer of PAA and Dr. Richard Spelliscy, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of CAP presented an updated on their individual and collective provincial work for psychology at Edmonton Zone AHS Psychology Professional Practice Council 6th Annual General Meeting & Professional Development Day to 93 attendees. This event was live broadcasted to Lethbridge and Medicine Hat as well.
Dr. Wes Miller and Lindsay Wolf-Owczarek provided a presentation “Pediatric OCD: Helping Kids get “UNSTUCK” to the AHS Edmonton Psychology Professional Day.
Michelle Hamilton appeared on Lloydminster Prime Time Local News and spoke on what psychologists do.
February 21 – 22nd
2019 South Western Alberta Teachers Convention was held at the University of Lethbridge and managed by Allison Stott and Brenda Davis.
February 21 – 22nd
The 7th Annual Psychology Day provided several exciting presentations to AHS Allied Health and Mental Health and Addictions staff. The event took place at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. PAA’s display was exhibited with more information on psychological concerns. There were several AHS Psychologist contributors who made this such an amazing success for the 160 registrants who attended.
February 28 – March 1st
2019 Greater Edmonton Teachers’ Convention was held at the Shaw Conference Centre and managed by Chris Lefebvre, Colin Auschrat, and Peter Gregg.
Thank you to everyone who dedicated their time to promote Psychology
2018 Psychology Month Events
2018 Psychology Month Events in Alberta
PAA’s display board and Psychology Month materials were exhibited and displayed at the following Psychology Month Events:
PAA will be increasing its social media outputs (Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIN) in February in recognition of Psychology Month.
Throughout the month St. Albert, Castle Downs and 20 Calgary Public Libraries will display information on mental health and psychology. The displays include information about PAA and psychological concerns such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and parenting. Ms. Erin Buhr organized this event.
Throughout the month Medicine Hat Public Library will display information on mental health and psychology. Their display includes information about PAA and psychological concerns such as Value of Choosing a Psychologist, School Psychology, depression, ADHD, and parenting. Mr. Christopher Shorrock organized this event.
Throughout the month MacEwan University peer health educator team will display information on several tabling events on mental health and psychology during Psychology Month. Their display includes information about PAA and psychological concerns such as Value of Choosing a Psychologist, Healthy Workplace, depression, anxiety, ADHD, chronic pain, eating disorder, insomnia and parenting. Ms. Tamara Lane organized this event.
Throughout the month Ms. Sharon Comstock will display information on mental health and psychology in her office waiting room for clients to peruse.
February 1st – Dr. Lana Hawkins, Dr. Kerry Mothersill and Dr. Judi Malone provided a PowerPoint presentation to 29 participants entitled Psychology Month Kick Off – Updates and Opportunities for 2018 at a Practice Wise session for Alberta Health Services. Practice Wise sessions are a weekly session provided by Clinicians, leaders, regulators, researchers, and educators as a forum to share their experiences and clinically relevant information.
Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta & Silver Linings Foundation, coordinated Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) across Alberta during Feb. 1 – 7th.
February 2nd – A workshop for parents, teachers, health professionals “Body Image, Eating Disorders, & Youth” was held at Alberta Children’s Hospital.
February 2nd – Ms. Ashley Wanamaker, Ms. Tanya Hutchinson, Dr. Natasha Kutlesa, and Dr. Angela Grace provided a panel discussion about body image at the EDAW film screening of “Straight/Curve”.
February 2nd – Dr. Angela Grace appeared on CJSW radio station segment Dixie Fried.
February 3rd – Dr. Angela Grace and Dr. Natasha Kutlesa, facilitated a workshop for fitness professionals on Eating Disorders: Awareness & Risk Mitigation in the Fitness World.
February 3 – March 2nd – Ms. Ashley Wanamaker and Ms. Carrie Le will facilitate a Body Project group in Calgary.
February 5th – A Interactive Paint Night to celebrate Eating Disorder recovery was held.
February 6th – Smashed bathroom scales to liberate students from weight-related issues was held at Mount Royal University.
February 6th – Dr. Angela Grace was quoted in Metro newspaper article entitled “Calgary psychologist says lack of awareness about eating disorders has potential to delay treatment”.
February 9 – March 3rd – Dr. Angela Grace will be facilitating a Body Project group with Ms. Ashley Wanamaker.
February 9 – March 3rd – Dr. Angela Grace will be conducting a yoga/mindfulness workshop for individuals recovering from eating disorders.
February 15th – Dr. Angela Grace appeared on an CTV at Noon segment entitled Health at Every Size.
Media awareness presentations were provided to TV & radio throughout EDAW, promoting eating disorder prevention & treatment and Dr. Shelly Russell-Mayhew is working with a team at the U of C to create a Comprehensive School Health course to teach pre-service teachers how to teach health & wellness & promote mental health in schools.
February 15 – 16th
2018 Calgary City Teachers’ Convention was held at Telus Convention Centre and manned by Ms. Terrill Schumaker, Ms. Connie Leclair, Ms. Dee Dee Kay and Ms. Rosalynde Hill.
February 22 – 23rd
2018 South Western Alberta Teachers Convention was held at the University of Lethbridge and manned by Ms. Allison Stott and Ms. Joanne Lavergne
February 23rd – The 6th Annual Psychology Day provided several exciting presentations at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary to Health, Mental Health and Addictions staff. PAA’s display was provided and included more information on psychological concerns. There were several contributors who made this such an amazing success for the 198 registrants who attended.
February 27th – Ms. Sharon Smith appeared on CTV News segment entitled “Campaign to raise funds for mental health”. Creating Solutions challenges you to Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, the name of the campaign is to raise awareness for mental health.
February 28th – Dr. Judi Malone, Chief Executive Officer of PAA and Dr. Richard Spelliscy, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of CAP presented an updated on their individual and collective provincial work for psychology at Edmonton Zone AHS Psychology Professional Practice Council 5th Annual General Meeting & Professional Development Day to 103 registrants.
March 1 – 2nd
2018 Greater Edmonton Teachers’ Convention was held at the Shaw Conference Centre and manned by Ms. Sarah Williams, Ms. Erin Buhr, Ms. Shristi Bali and Mr. Christopher Armstrong.
March 1st – Dr. Wes Miller, Ms. Lindsay Wolf and Ms. Rebecca Quaale provided a presentation at the Greater Edmonton Teachers Convention. The presentation was titled Anxiety Management in the Classroom. Teachers in Edmonton and surrounding area attended.
March 8th – Mr. Chris Shorrock will provide a presentation at the Medicine Hat Public Library entitled “Ask a Psychologist Anything”.
Thank you to everyone who dedicated their time to promote Psychology