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By

Clayton Falk B.A., M.A., Canadian Certified


Counsellor & Registered Provisional
Psychologist

What you get for having a Registered Provisional Psychologist


Present!

Please Raise Your Hand If You Are Human!

Improved ability to
choose a
psychologist/mental
health practitioner.
Improved understanding
of psychological/mental
health services.
Improved ability to
access services.
Reducing stigma
surrounding accessing
psychological/mental
health services.

What do you want to


take away from todays
discussion?

Generally a Psychologist studies how we think, feel


and behave from a scientific view point and applies
this knowledge to help people understand, explain
and change there behaviour
(What is a Psychologist. (n.d). Retrieved March 18, 2016,

from http://www.cpa.ca/public/whatisapsychologist/)

What is it I do? I work on meeting the needs of each


person by trying to understand them as a unique
human being, who in the process of being human
may have a/set of problem(s) they want to address.
I then work with each person in a collaborative
effort, applying psychological knowledge and skill
in helping them achieve their desired change.

Group discussion!

According To The American Psychological Association


consideration should be given to seek Therapy if:

You feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of helplessness and


sadness, and your problems do not seem to get better despite your
efforts and help from family and friends.
You are finding it difficult to carry out everyday activities: for example,
you are unable to concentrate on assignments at work, and your job
performance is suffering as a result.

You worry excessively, expect the worst or are constantly on edge.


Your actions are harmful to yourself or to others: for instance, you are
drinking too much alcohol, abusing drugs or becoming overly
argumentative and aggressive.
(How to choose a psychologist. (n.d). Retrieved March 18, 2016, from http://apa.org/helpcenter/choosetherapist.aspx)

What is important to you?

What are their credentials?

Is the Psychologist willing to talk with you over the phone or in


the office for 15-20 minutes for with no charge?

Do you perceive the psychologist has the skill and understanding


of the problem? Often asked as: What are your areas of
expertise and what treatments do you use?
What is your impression of their office? Does it present a feeling
of professionalism?
When you do meet with the psychologist, do you feel
understood, valued, cared for? Do you feel they see you as a
person and not as just a set of problems that needs fixing?

Is the therapists value system compatible with yours? This could


mean world view, philosophy of life, etc.

How are their fee arrangements? (Cost, payment schedules...)

In a few large meta-analytic studies that explored the


effectiveness of psychotherapy reported that by the end of
8 sessions 50%
of clients were measurably improved and by 6 months 75%
were measurably improved.
Often the relapse rates are lower for those who engage in
psychotherapy vs. just pharmacotherapy (drug treatment).
Often in comparing pharmacotherapy vs. psychological
therapies there are significant differences in drop out
rates. With a difference of nearly 10-20% for some
treatments. As well many drug therapies have unpleasant
side effects.

In Alberta we have two systems.

Private System

Employee Assistance
Program or Family
Employee Assistance
Program
Fee for Psychological
Service (Psychologists
in Private Practice)
Non-Profits

Public System

Family Physician
Hospital
Alberta Mental Health
& Addictions/Access
mental health (AHS)
Non-Profits

Pros EAP/FEAPS System


Private

EAP can have quick turn


around to appointment from
when you call.
Appointments are often
offered with in 3-5 business
days.
No fee as it is employer
bought.
Often does not require
Doctors referral.
Self referred or employer
referred.

Pros Public System

Many areas of specialty.


Similar to other aspects
of health care in that we
perceive it as free.
Is part of AHS system.

Can be doctor referred or


for some limited services
self referred.

Cons EAPs/FEAPs System


Private

Short Term counselling (2-3


session or less in some cases).
Reduced scope of practice for
your practitioner. This often
means no allowance to
diagnosis or provide more indepth assessments of needs
and treatment.
Can not advocate on your
behalf with the employer, as it
is often a conflict of interest.
You do not get to pick your
practitioner (limited choices).
The EAP gets copies of all
clinical information including
session notes.

Cons Public System

There is a cost we all pay in taxes.

Increasing limits on amount of time


allowed in treatment.

No choice of practitioner.

No consistent level of training


background for those termed Mental
Health Clinician.
Must have a diagnosis's or be able to
be disorder.
Long wait times can be in excess of 8
weeks for just average appointment
and well over 6-8 months for
specialized treatments.
No relationship counselling unless it
relates to diagnoses of a mental
health disorder or addiction.

Pros Private System


Fee for Service

Quick appointments often with in


less than 3-5 business days.
Your choice of practitioner so you
get full control over who see. (You
can interview your potential
practitioner.)
Your information is kept only with
that psychologist not with a huge
organization.
Practitioner can use full scope of
practice thus allowing for in-depth
assessments, diagnosis and
treatment.
Options for specialized service.
No limitation on reasons for
seeking service.
Fees are often covered by
extended health plans.
Psychotherapy and Counselling is
currently tax deductible.
Doctor or Self referral accepted.

Pros Public System

Many areas of specialty.


Similar to other aspects of
health care in that we
perceive it as free.
Is part of AHS system.
Can be doctor referred or
for some limited services
self referred.

Cons Private System


Fee For Service

Out of pocket expense.


Is out side the AHS
system.

Cons Public System

There is a cost we all pay in taxes.

Increasing limits on amount of time


allowed in treatment.

No choice of practitioner.
No consistent level of training
background for those termed Mental
Health Clinician.
Must have a diagnosis's or be able to
be disorder.
Long wait times can be in excess of
8 weeks for just average
appointment and well over 6-8
months for specialized treatments.
No relationship counselling unless it
relates to diagnoses of a mental
health disorder or addiction.

Private or Public

Public

Private

For EAPs/FEAPs calling a


1800# intake line. The phone
number is given to you by your
employer through HR or with
benefit information.
Private Practice Psychologist
phone call, e-mail or website
contact form or going to the
office.
Non-profits calling an intake
line or taking to a intake
worker at their office.

Family Physician phone call,


website, going to his/her office

Mental Health & Addictions


calling their intake line.

Access Mental Health Calling


their intake line.

Hospital/Urgent Care Going to


the building as per any other
health emergency
Non-profits calling an intake
line or taking to a intake worker
at their office.

Did you each get something you can take


away with you today?

American Psychological Association: (How to choose a psychologist.


(n.d). Retrieved March 18, 2016, from
http://apa.org/helpcenter/choose-therapist.aspx)
Canadian Psychological Association: (What is a Psychologist. (n.d).
Retrieved March 18, 2016, from
http://www.cpa.ca/public/whatisapsychologist/)

Additional web-sites

American Psychological Association: www.apa.org


Canadian Mental Health Association: https://www.cmha.ca/
Canadian Psychological Association: http://cpa.ca/
Counselling and Psychotherapy: http://talkingcanhelp.ca/
Mind Your Mental Health: http://mymh.ca/
Psychologists Association of Alberta:
http://www.psychologistsassociation.ab.ca/site/home

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