A message from your Managing Council | Un message de votre conseil de gestion

[Le message en français suit.]

Dear CSPA Members and our Valued Sport Community,

The CSPA Managing Council is thinking about all of our membership and the sectors we serve during this rapidly evolving COVID-19 landscape. These are uncertain and stressful times, and your health and safety - as well as the clients we serve - is our number one priority.

Our sector is doing our best to provide accurate and useful information to athletes, coaches and sport organizations in these challenging times.

Self-Care and Safety

Above all else, we trust that you are taking care of yourselves and your families, and diligently following health agency advice by following the Canadian Public Health guidelines through such measures as hand washing with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, and seeking medical attention if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

The Alberta College of Psychologists has also provided the following recommendations for practitioners, which are applicable to all of our professional members:

  • Screen clients over the phone before scheduling or confirming appointments for any symptoms and travel history that may be related to COVID-19;

  • Ask clients with fever, cough or difficulty breathing to make appropriate alternate arrangements for appointments, including distance appointments or rescheduling appointments for a later date;

  • Post signs in reception area identifying concerning symptoms and asking clients to identify themselves if they are experiencing any of them;

  • Be more flexible with appointment rescheduling and cancellation policies until such time that risk has passed, e.g. by waiving cancellation fees;

  • Provide tissues, a garbage can, and hand sanitizer (or a hand washing station