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Members of the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists can watch live and archived webinars.

Live Webinar on October 11

Pharmacological and Psychological Interventions for Weight Loss

The recent introduction of a new class of drug for weight loss, the glucagon-like-peptide 1 receptor agonists (GLP-1, e.g., Rybelsus, Saxenda), has aroused intense public interest. Dr. Sammons will discuss the history of drugs used for weight loss with a focus on agents introduced in the recent past. He will cover efficacy, mechanisms of action, risks and benefits, and combination with psychological and behavioral weight loss regimens. Dr. Sammons will also discuss the ethics of pharmacological interventions for weight loss.

About the Presenter

Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, ABPP, recently retired as the CEO of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He has enjoyed a career as a prescribing psychologist, military psychologist, and has held leadership positions in academia and professional psychology. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists.

Continuing Education Information

1 CE Credit, Instructional Level: Intermediate

1 Contact Hour (New York Board of Psychology)

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe past and present pharmacological agents for weight loss.
2. Discuss the putative mechanisms of action and efficacy of GLP-1 agonists.
3. Explain the evidence supporting combined psychological/behavioral interventions for weight loss.

Disclosure: Dr. Sammons is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Register of Health Service Psychologists.

The National Register of Health Service Psychologists is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The National Register maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The National Register of Health Service Psychologists is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0010.

July 19 Archived Webinar

Contextual and Culturally-Relevant Considerations for Assessment and Treatment with Indigenous Individuals

Elaine Toombs, PhD & Jessie Lund, PhD

Indigenous individuals in Canada experience disproportionately higher rates of mental health and substance use concerns when compared to non-Indigenous individuals in Canada. These concerns are further exacerbated by disparities with access to social determinants of health that have been aggravated by systemic marginalization, discrimination, and racism within broader health systems. Such experiences can impede access to timely, pertinent, and trusted psychological practices within Indigenous communities. Dr. Toombs and Dr. Lund will discuss evidence-based and practical considerations within generalist assessment and treatment practices that may increase the cultural-relevance and uptake of psychological interventions with Indigenous individuals. They will share relevant experiences from their clinical and research expertise working with First Nation communities in the Robinson Superior Treaty Area, including assessment of adverse childhood experiences, embedding two-eyed seeing approaches within case conceptualization, and useful culture-as-treatment models of care.

This video is not offered for continuing education.

This webinar is graciously supported by OWL. 


July 26 Archived Webinar

Psychologists in Primary Care in Canada: Research, Practice, and Advocacy

Simon Elterman, RPsych & Erika Penner, RPsych

Primary Care is the nexus point for the majority of non-life threatening issues, including mental and physical health (and their meeting point at behavioural health). With many regions in Canada facing a primary care crisis, integrating psychologists into primary care using a Primary Care Behavioural Health (PCBH) model can improve patient access to assessment and treatment, improve patient wellbeing, mitigate care team burnout, and reduce healthcare costs. The PCBH model has been widely implemented around the world. It requires specific training in brief assessments and all aspects of health-related intervention. In this webinar we will outline the rationale and research for integrating psychologists into primary care using the PCBH model, core competencies required, and the approach used in BC to work with government to create true team-based primary care with a shift toward behavioural health.

This video is not offered for continuing education.

This webinar is graciously supported by OWL.

Live Webinars

Members can attend ongoing one-hour webinars—approximately one live webinar per month—to learn about important clinical topics.

Archived Webinars

Members who are unable to attend live webinars can view the archived recording.