The Barbara Wand Seminar in Professional Ethics, Standards and Conduct

This Seminar was established to honour Dr. Barbara Wand who served as Registrar of the Ontario Board of Examiners in Psychology for 15 years, from 1976 to 1991.  It was established to recognize her contribution to the regulation of the profession of psychology, not only in Ontario, but also throughout North America. 

Fostering Equity Competencies

Janet Mawhinney, MA
Rani Srivastava, RN, Ph.D., FCAN

Monday, November 28, 2022
1 pm to 4 pm

Issues of diversity, power, equity & inclusion are core to clinical practice and system leadership and require capacities in the domains of awareness, knowledge and skills – applied in a range of settings. Practice includes the individual (micro), team (meso), and organizational or system (macro) domains of navigating difference.

Psychologists can play an important role in individual and population wellbeing across diverse cultures and communities. Providers and planners today have access to robust evidence of social, economic and health disparities. We are also in the midst of heightened activism and awareness on many fronts, including movements such as Black Lives Matter (BLM); First Nations, Inuit, and Metis (FNIM) Reconciliation work; # Me Too and #Time’s Up. With these two realities we are seeing both heightened expectations for, and enhanced commitments to, change – in service design, delivery, leadership, and outcomes for individuals, communities and populations that have been marginalized and experience poorer health outcomes. However, moving from awareness to committed actions and practice change is challenging. Just as with any clinical or leadership skill, strategies for working across disparities and differences are learned competencies requiring commitment, guidance and practice.

This (session/workshop) is grounded in principles of equity, human rights, power and privilege, and the necessity of embracing ongoing learning. The complex and dynamic nature of cultural diversity, equity, and human rights requires practitioners to engage in ongoing learning and unlearning and an ability to navigate across a spectrum of power/privilege/marginalization issues. With this non static lens of professional practice and the social context we must recognize that everyone will have both areas of expertise and nescience in their equity skills.

In this session we will:

  • provide a broad framework of core domains of equity practice that can be applied with multiple theories/approaches
  • examine the impact of culture as patterns and power
  • frame both the foundational knowledge and the need for ongoing population/issue/culture specific knowledge and skill development
  • provide opportunity for peer breakout group discussion, reflection on application to practice and other interactive engagement.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Credits

A8 – General Attendance at Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Conventions

In person attendance: 1 credit
Live or Archive Webinar viewing with 1 or more others: 1 credit
Live or Archive Webinar viewing alone: 0 credits

B1 – Programs/Courses/Workshops with content relevant to the practice of Psychology (whether or not Formal CE Credits are provided)

In person attendance: 3 credits
Live or Archive Webinar viewing with 1 or more others: 3 credits
Live or Archive Webinar viewing alone: 3 credits

Note: CPD categories for Programs/Courses/Workshops where Formal CE credits have and have not been provided have been consolidated for post-2022 cycles.
New tracking sheets will no longer list B2 – Programs/Courses/Workshops where Formal CE Credits are not Provided. If you are completing an existing CPD cycle with an older tracking sheet, you may continue to record the 3 credits under B2 if you wish to.