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Psychology Student Support & Resources

PAA Student Board Member

 

Chelsea is a doctoral student in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of Alberta. She completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2013 and worked as a Mental Health Facilitator for Early Childhood Development Support Services (ECDSS) until she returned to pursue her studies this past fall. She is passionate about working with children and youth and her main research interests include hope, grief, and loss. She is also very interested in representing, communicating with, and advocating for students. Chelsea is very excited to have been chosen as the Student Director for the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) Board of Directors and is looking forward to working collaboratively with PAA Student Members. Her main duties will include keeping student members informed of PAA initiatives and events and representing their voices on the PAA Board.

Did you know that PAA now has a Facebook Group specifically for you?

Come connect with your peers

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PAAStudents/

 

Campus Representatives

The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is now accepting applications for our 2020-2021 PAA Campus Representative positions. Being a Campus Representative is a great way to cultivate a better understanding of PAA and the role of the association as well as gain leadership experience while connecting with other students in psychology. These positions are also very rewarding, as they provide the opportunity to network with psychologists working in a variety of capacities within Alberta as well as establish a foundation within the profession of psychology prior to the completion of your degree. The PAA Campus Representative positions are open to students who are:

  1. PAA Student Members. If an applicant is not already a PAA Student member, they must complete the online membership application to become a student member prior to applying to fill the role of PAA Campus Representative.
  2. Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate psychology or psychology-related (e.g., educational psychology) program at a college/university within Alberta.
  3. Available to volunteer for a one-year term (May-April), work in collaboration with other PAA Campus representations and the Student Director on PAA’s Board of Directors, and promote the PAA, including the association’s services and benefits.

Download full position description here

To apply, send your resume and a 250-500 word paragraph identifying why you would be a great PAA Campus Representative to Brittany, PAA Governance Director.

Deadline: 29 May 2020

Current Campus Representatives

Athabasca University – Shelbi Snodgrass

CityU – Carly Pive & Makayla Caputo

University of Alberta – Jonathan Dube

University of Calgary – July Gorenko

University of Lethbridge – William Fraser

  Campus Representative positions available for the 2020-2021 academic year:

Graduate programs

  • Concordia University
  • St. Mary’s University
  • Gonzaga University – Canada

Undergraduate programs

  • Ambrose University
  • Athabasca University
  • Burman University
  • Concordia University
  • Grand Prairie Regional College
  • MacEwan University
  • Mount Royal University
  • Red Deer College
  • St. Mary’s University
  • The Kings University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge
  • City University of Seattle

PAA Membership Benefits

Advancing Your Professional Identity

  • Connects, understands, and supports psychologists, students, and affiliates

Your Voice

  • Advocate for psychology & its consumers
  • Defend scope of practice
  • Enhance psychologists’ opportunities
  • Inform the public & media

 Professional Development

  • Discounted, accredited, & responsive continuing professional development opportunities 
  • Recognition & awards 

Communication

  • Newsletters, Psymposium, & member advertising rates
  • Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • Opportunities to network, to get involved, & to shape the profession

 Support

  • referral service with link to own website (full members)
  • access to practice advisors (full members)
  • discounted professional liability, home/auto, & office insurance
  • discounted rates for goods & services

Specifically for students…

Professional Identity

  • support through the transition from student to psychologist

Professional Development

Communications

Helpful Links

College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP)

The College of Alberta Psychologists (the “College”) is the regulatory body for the profession of psychology in the province of Alberta. Self-regulated professions establish entrance criteria and apply ethical codes and practice standards for the profession. The regulatory body also investigates complaints of unprofessional conduct and, where appropriate, takes steps to enhance the practice of its members to protect the public. Information about the College and about registration processes, professional conduct, legislation and privacy, as well as a members registry, are available on this website. It is not a post-secondary or educational institution. Visit their website

Who Do I Call First: CAP or PAA? – download

Canadian Psychological Association -Student Membership

Student Affiliates are students enrolled full-time or part-time in a Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral Program, residing in Canada or the United States, who provide proof of enrollment in psychology (or a related field), at a recognized university, for the current academic year. (Student Affiliates have access to BMS Liability Insurance and are not permitted to vote in CPA’s Annual General Meeting).  Visit their website

ALIS (Government of AB) Psychologist Employment Details

Includes general information, average salary, average wage, minimum education, outlook, in demand score, duties, working conditions, skills & abilities, and related fields of study.  Visit the website

The Canadian Handbook for Careers in Psychological Science by Meghan Norris

Despite psychology being one of the most popular undergraduate programs, students often report not knowing how training in psychology relates to careers. In this book, experts within many sub-disciplines across Canada provide insights and advice on just some of the many ways that training in psychological science can build expertise that can be applied in many careers across sectors.  Access here