August 31, 2016


Position Papers and Statements

The CPA has published numerous position papers and statements on topical issues related to psychiatric care and practice. Each paper or statement is developed by an expert CPA committee, and reviewed and approved by CPA’s Board of Directors.

Below are links to official CPA position papers and statements organized by topic.

Education and Training

Training in Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, Part 1: Overview of Clinical Practice and General Recommendations (2015-59) NEW

Training in Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, Part 2: Updated Curriculum Guidelines (2015-60) NEW

Emergency Psychiatry: Clinical and Training Approaches

Medical Training in Psychiatric Residency: The PGY-1 Experience, 2014 Update (2000-40-R1) NEW

Guidelines for Training in Cultural Psychiatry (2012-53)

Psychotherapy Training of Psychiatrists (2011-30s)

Psychiatric Training in Rural and Remote Areas: Increasing Skills and Building Partnerships (2005-46) Under review.

Filling Gaps in Psychiatric Education: Skills in Administrative Psychiatry and Knowledge of Mental Health Systems, Services, and Policy (2004-45) Under review.

Teaching on Gender Issues (1997-32) Under review.

Trainee Safety in Psychiatric Units and Facilities (1990-23-R1)

Ethical Issues

Informed Consent to Treatment in Psychiatry (2015-57) NEW

Courtroom Testimony (2012-5s-R1)

Stigma and Discrimination (2011-51)

The Psychiatrist’s Role in Addressing Stigma and Discrimination (2010-29s)

The Fiduciary Duty of Psychiatrists (2010-47)

The Involvement of Psychiatrists in Coercive Interrogation and Torture (2009-26s)

Placebos in Clinical Trials of Psychotropic Medications (1997-34) Under review.

Sexual Relationships with Patients (1995-16s-R1)

Clinical Practice

Freedom of and From Religion (2014-56)

Mental Health Care for People Who Identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and (or) Queer (2014-55)

Intimate Partner Violence (2013-54)

The Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Psychiatry (2011-31s)

The Evolution of Collaborative Mental Health Care (2011-49)

Electroconvulsive Therapy (1992-27-R1)

Psychotherapy in Psychiatry (2004-22s) Under review.

Treatment of the Mentally Ill Physician (1997-36) Under review.

The Role of Psychiatrists in Quality Review (1994-30)
Under review.

Policy/Legal Issues

Elements of Care—Indirect Services in Psychiatry (2015-58) NEW

Cross-Border Sharing of Mental Health Information (2015-33s) NEW

The Criminalization of People With Mental Illness (2012-52)

The Treatment of Mental Illness in Correctional Settings (2012-32s)

Access to Newer Medications (2011-50)

Principles Underlying Mental Health Legislation (2010-49)

Psychiatric Human Resources Planning in Canada (2010-48)

Prescription of Psychotropic Medication (2010-28s)

Mandatory Outpatient Treatment (2010-43-R1)

Parity in Time-Based Models (2010-27s)

Media Guidelines for Reporting Suicide (2009-3pp)

Wait Time Benchmarks for Patients with Serious Psychiatric Illnesses (2006-1pp) Under review.

The Role of Mental Health Legislation (2005-24s-R1)

The Duty to Protect (2002-42-R1)

Historical Documents

Prescribing Antidepressants for Depression in 2005: Recent Concerns and Recommendations (2004-23s)

CPA Advisory: Implications for Psychiatrists of the Supreme Court of Canada Starson v. Swayze Decision (2003)

Shared Mental Health Care in Canada (1997-38)

HIV Infection (1996-17s-R1)

Relating to the Pharmaceutical Industry (1986-18)

Professional Guidelines

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Position Papers and Statements

Discussion Papers

CPA Academy Documents

Note: It is the policy of the Canadian Psychiatric Association to review each position paper, policy statement and clinical practice guideline every five years after publication or last review. Any such document on the CPA website that has been published more than five years ago and does not explicitly state it has been reviewed and retained as an official document of the CPA, either with revisions or as originally published, should be considered as a historical reference document only.

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