2018-2022, the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) and the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) formed a joint working group, sanctioned by both boards, to impact change in our province specific to realizing truth and reconciliation considerations relevant to our profession, to Indigenous psychologists who live and work in our communities, and to our clients. This was an important start for our journey.
Wilma Spear Chief, R. Psychologist (AB); Loretta McConnell, R. Psychologist (AB); Janice Minoose, R. Psychologist (AB); Meagan Farquharson, R. Psychologist (AB); Karlee Fellner, R. Psychologist (AB); Dr. Deena Martin, R. Psychologist (AB); Judi Malone, R. Psych, PAA CEO; Richard Spelliscy, R. Psych, CAP CEO
The group sought to impact:
This work included recommending practice guidelines, and challenging Alberta psychologists to increase their awareness and training.
The group acknowledges the gravity of this work and its potential impact given the current and historical situation of Indigenous people in Canada and, more specifically, within the field of psychology.
CAP established a Practice Standard and Guideline to inform psychological practice with Indigenous peoples
CAP added new content to the Law and Ethics for Alberta Psychology Exam
Added a new requirement for annual continuing professional development in Indigenous issues
PAA created a library of Educational Resources, including local, provincial, national, and international learning tools
Piloted Land-Based Mental Health Training
We will be working with Elders and PAA Community of Practice members to develop next steps in truth and reconciliation.