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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 offer materials to assist with your psychology month promotion.

Help us Help a Local Library

Download this letter, fill in your name and the name of your local library, and either drop it off in person or in the mail. It’s a great way to influence communities that takes little time.

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We boost our social media during psychology month on our Facebook. Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Follow us, repost or retweet our offerings, and tag us in your own. Hashtag #choosepsych 

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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