21 Jul 2021

Professional Practice Update: 2021 CCP Reminder and Survey for Clinical Staff and Mental Health Providers

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to share the following information and resources to support members’ practice.

2021 CCP Reminder

With the second half of the year underway, the College would like to remind all members to begin to work on their 2021 Continuing Competence Program (CCP) if they haven’t started already.

Participation in the CCP is a condition of registration and one of the ways that College members demonstrate their commitment to professional and ethical practice. All members (with the exception of those in the retired class of certificate of registration) are required to participate in the CCP.

The CCP is based on the adult education model and requires members to:

  • Review the Standards of Practice every year.
  • Complete a self-assessment based on those principles found in the Standards of Practice.
  • Set goals and carry out learning activities based on their self-assessment.

As part of the 2021 CCP, members are also required to review the following practice resources:

For more information on the College’s Continuing Competence Program, including required reading, please visit the College website or contact the Professional Practice Department at ccp@ocswssw.org.

Coming Soon! AMED 2021 Videos

In the coming weeks, the College will share with members via eBulletin videos from its 2021 Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED). The videos will include recordings of this year’s Annual Meeting as well as some of the event’s educational sessions and keynote address with Dr. Keith Adamson, RSW.

As a reminder, participation in AMED 2021, including viewing the videos, may be used to fulfill the learning activity requirements of the 2021 Continuing Competence Program (CCP).

For more information on AMED 2021, please visit our website or contact communications@ocswssw.org.

Survey for Clinical Staff and Mental Health Providers

The College would like to share the following survey information, which is being sent on behalf of Kimberley Moran, CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) and in collaboration with the Ontario government.

*** Message from CMHO CEO Kimberley Moran BEGINS ***

As the CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO), I am very pleased to share this exciting opportunity with you. We are seeking your involvement and are hoping that you can share this survey initiative, that we are officially launching today, with mental health providers/professionals (who work with children and youth) in your network.

Background:
CMHO is working with the Ontario government to build the capacity of mental health providers to provide treatment for children and youth with co-occurring autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and mental health (MH) needs. This work will begin with a survey tool to assess the knowledge, skills and training needs of mental health providers. This initiative encompasses providers from community agencies, as well as private practices/clinics in Ontario. In a subsequent phase, we will similarly survey autism service providers about their knowledge, skills and training needs. Both surveys will inform the development of foundational and advanced training opportunities.

About the Survey (for Clinical Staff & Mental Health Providers):
We are excited to share a survey tool that will help us in our joint initiative for Building Integrated Capacity in Autism and Mental Health.

Survey Link

Recognizing the prevalence of these comorbid needs, this initial survey is pivotal to collecting baseline information, at a provincial and regional level, about mental health provider’s training needs for working with neurodiverse clients.

Survey Details:

  • Who should participate? Mental health providers who work with children and youth, including (but not limited to): child and youth workers, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, registered nurses, social workers, and therapists (see FAQ for additional information)
  • When? The survey officially launched on Thursday July 15, 2021. Participants will have two weeks to complete the survey (due Friday July 30 at 5pm EDT).
  • How? Use the survey link available here.

Participation is voluntary. Your responses will be anonymous, and the findings will be synthesized into provincial and regional-level reports.

We will be working with the Ontario government to translate this evidence into relevant training opportunities for our sector.  

For More Information:

Many thanks in advance for your support and participation!

*** Message from CMHO CEO Kimberley Moran ENDS ***

Please contact the Professional Practice Department at practice@ocswssw.org for all practice-related inquiries.