Tele-Assessment of Children and Adults: New Approaches and Lessons Learned


With the fourth wave of COVID-19 impacting the lives of countless children and adults, many psychologists have recognized that tele-assessment approaches are here to stay. In this advanced workshop, we discuss the ethical and practical approaches to conducting tele-assessments and the new learnings that have emerged through a pandemic of testing.

Hear four esteemed tele-assessment psychologists, Dr. Ryan Matchullis, Dr. Mitch Colp, Chris Pawluk, and John Laing discuss this emerging assessment modality within the context of their intra-provincial and cross-jurisdictional approaches.

This panel format session includes short lectures from the speakers, followed by a Q&A session. Participants in this workshop will come away with a more developed understanding of:

  • The ethical considerations in performing tele-assessments.
  • The validity and reliability concerns in performing tele-assessments..
  • The environmental considerations in performing tele-assessments.
  • The practical logistics in performing tele-assessments.
  • The unique challenges in performing tele-assessments.
  • The general limitations in performing tele-assessments.

This event is co-sponsored by Build Great Teams and the Hexagon Psychology.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits: Earn 3 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association for attending this sponsored event.

Build Great Teams is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Build Great Teams maintains responsibility for the program.

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Presenter information

Dr. Ryan Matchullis, R.Psych.

Dr. Ryan is a Registered Psychologist with a Ph.D. in School and Applied Child Psychology earned from the University of Calgary. His graduate research and specialized clinical training focused on serving children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Following formal training, Dr. Ryan has spent considerable time working in specialized clinical and educational settings, providing intervention, consultation, and assessment to individuals, families, and children with a wide range of needs. He has been further focused on adapting his practice to serve people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, using virtual modes of practice, and working in partnership with other disciplines to provide integrated care. Education is an ongoing area of passion for Dr. Ryan, who regularly teaches graduate coursework in psychological ethics, cognitive and academic assessment, child development, and neurodevelopmental disorders at the University of Calgary and Ambrose University. He is keen to inspire the upcoming generation of psychologists and has supervised Master’s and Doctorate level trainees in their clinical experiences.

Dr. Mitch Colp, R.Psych.

Dr. Mitch is a Registered Psychologist who obtained his Ph.D. in School and Applied Child Psychology from the University of Calgary. His graduate training and research primarily focused on how individuals build resiliency and effectively navigate large challenges in life. Since completing his clinical training, Dr. Mitch has occupied both leadership and clinical roles in the greater Calgary area. Through his work with public school boards, private schools, and clinics, he has gained extensive experience in the psychological assessment and counselling of children, youth, and adults. Recognizing the importance of giving back to his community, Dr. Mitch holds several academic positions with Ambrose University, Cape Breton University, St. Mary’s University, the University of Calgary, and the University of Lethbridge. He also organizes and teaches coursework across Canada on psychological assessment and mental health intervention.

Chris Pawluk, R.Psych.

Chris is a Registered Psychologist who obtained his Masters in Educational Psychology from Massey University in New Zealand. He comes to Hexagon Psychology with over twenty years of experience working with children, youth, and adults. He is passionate about improving the life of his clients by giving them practical ways to manage their stress and emotions. Chris has specific training and experience in the identification and treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders, anger management, stress, learning difficulties, Dyslexia, Intellectual Disabilities, emotional self-control, anxiety, depression, giftedness, and Autism Spectrum Disorders to name a few. Over the years, Chris has worked with universities across Canada to facilitate research projects and offer high-quality training for teachers, psychologists, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists. He also holds a Clinical Supervisor role within the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary for his continued supervision and mentorship of graduate students in the Counselling or School and Applied Child Psychology programs.

John Laing, R.Psych.

John is a Registered Psychologist who completed his graduate training at the University of Calgary. John’s particular areas of interest are working with parents, youth/children, and individual adults who are having difficulty meeting their own goals because of issues related to ADHD, anxiety, depression, life stressors, family conflict, oppositional behavior and conduct problems, as well as trauma. John began his career providing family-based mental health assessments and counselling to children, adolescents, and parents receiving support through a community-based treatment program. He also became known in the education system, as well as in private practice, for his work with caregivers, teens, and children who have ADHD and/or who exhibit significant lagging executive functioning skills. Throughout John’s time of working in education, he has developed expertise in conducting psychoeducational, mental health and behavioral assessments, as well as in developing recommendations for student support plans. John is often called to provide psychological consultation to teachers, school administrators, medical and mental health professionals, as well as parents. He is a revered public speaker in the areas of mental health and academic research.