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In Response to the Discovery of Mass Graves at Former Residential Schools Featured

With profound sadness, the students, staff, and faculty extend our sincere condolences to the peoples of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and Cowessess First Nations. Also, to all other First Nations of Canada who have been affected or traumatized by these horrific discoveries. This news is but another instance of the indignities and injustices directed toward the Indigenous peoples of Canada. We echo with solidarity the voices who call upon the federal government, churches, and private landowners to immediately and without exception, act upon the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to release records, to develop and maintain a registry of deaths, to inform families about children who died in residential schools, and to provide funds to support the maintenance, commemoration, and protection of residential school cemeteries (Under heading Missing Children and Burial Information sections 71 - 76.)

Relaunch of Many Hearts Webinar Series Featured

We’re excited to be relaunching and expanding our Many Hearts series as the Many Hearts of ADLER! This webinar series will provide a platform for mental health professionals to share the “heart” of their practice with other professionals and with the wider community. Everyone is welcome to share, learn and connect: coaches, psychotherapists, psychologists and psychological associates, social workers, counselors, and anyone interested in mental health and living well. 

Join us for our next webinar:

Rita Kohli, registered psychotherapist, on “Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Current Political Climate for a Racialized Intersectional Equity lens for Mental Health Practitioners”

When: Friday, August 28 from 6 pm - 7:30pm

Register for the free webinar here!

This webinar will present a re-emergence of a racialized intersection equity lens as a transformative tool for understanding the social determinants of health and relevance for mental health practitioners, educators, activists or anyone committed to community engagement.

Attendance Certificates

These sessions are free and open to everyone. If you require a psychotherapy certificate of attendance, you can request one after the session and there is a $20 CAD fee. Attendance will be verified through zoom and you must attend the full 90 minutes to receive a certificate. *Note: this session does NOT qualify as continuing education for the International Coach Federation.*

Interest Poll

If you’re interested in attending future Many Hearts webinars, fill out this poll to let us know what time(s) you prefer! We’ll do our best to schedule sessions based on the results. Sessions will be 90 minutes long and scheduled ad hoc.

Do you have a topic?

ADLER is committed to centering the voices of marginalized communities in addressing the social determinants of health. We encourage presentations by members of these communities. If you’re interested in doing a presentation, or if you have a topic you’re interested in, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Do I need a PhD to become a Psychologist? Featured

When I am connecting with students interested in the ADLER Master of Psychology degree program, the question I am often asked is "What can I do with a masters degree, I need a PhD to work as a Psychologist, don't I?"

The answer, under current legislation, is that you do not need a Doctoral level degree. Although registration varies by province, the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) licenses two titles for practitioners. The first is the well-known title of Psychologist and the second is that of Psychological Associate.

This designation is for practitioners with a suitable masters level education. In other provinces such as Saskatchewan, the title Psychologist, is used for both Masters and Doctoral level practitioners. To become registered as a Psychological Associate you will need to meet the College’s educational requirements including an undergraduate degree with sufficient coursework in psychology (usually an Honours BA in psychology and a suitable Master’s degree (you should always check with the College to ensure your eligibility).

After graduation with a Master’s degree, to become a member, you must apply for registration with CPO, a process which requires 4 years of work experience and one year of supervised practice. Also, you must complete all required examinations. You may have heard that CPO is asking the Ontario government for permission to end master's-level membership in the CPO and limit registration to those with doctoral degrees. This is a very important issue and one anyone considering a career in Psychology should be aware of this possibility. Recently, the CPO requested input regarding closure of the title of Psychological Associate, the following points were offered by the VP Academic in consultation with the Ontario Association of Psychological Associates (OAPA):

• Over the past five years, the College has had extensive discussions and stakeholder consultations regarding the criteria for entry to practice the profession of Psychology in Ontario

• At Council those discussions have stated routinely that the word from government is that they are not interested in closure

• The discussions at Council and stakeholder consultations have never stated how closure serves the public interest

• The General response to stakeholder consultations was that closure does not serve the public interest and that it will damage the profession’s ability to provide services to high needs populations.

The likelihood of this change occurring seems to be uncertain and ADLER will, of course, remain alert to any changes and advise you of any new information regarding this matter.

You could also visit the College of Psychologists of Ontario’s website at http://www.cpo.on.ca/ or the Ontario Association of Psychological Associates https://oapa.on.ca/ for more information.

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