In this update:
- 2023 Continuing Competence Program (CCP) overview
- Required readings
- Helpful CCP resources
- Reminder: Complete the survey regarding the draft revisions to the Standards of Practice
- Funding opportunity from the Ministry of Long-Term Care: Resident Health and Well-Being Program
The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to share the following updates to support your practice.
2023 Continuing Competence Program (CCP)
CCP overview: A condition of registration with the College
Your registration with the College demonstrates to the public that you are qualified and current in your practice – that you continue to learn and develop as a professional. In accordance with the Registration Regulation made under the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, all registrants must provide evidence of their continuing competence to practise social work or social service work, according to the guidelines set by the College.
The CCP is mandatory for all College registrants, except those holding a retired class of certificate of registration). This includes those who are not currently practising, are registered in the inactive class, are on maternity, parental or sick leave, or who registered late in the year.
You are required to:
- Review the Standards of Practice every year.
- Complete a self-assessment based on those principles.
- Set goals and carry out learning activities based on your self-assessment.
Required readings for 2023 CCP
As part of the CCP, you are required to review the following practice resources, in addition to the Standards of Practice:
- Practice Notes: Boundary Violations
- Practice Notes: Dual Relationships: Ensuring Clients Best Interests Are Paramount
- Perspective: College Sees Nearly 60% Increase in Sexual Abuse-Related Complaints in the Past Two Years
- Practice Notes: The Slippery Slope to Sexual Misconduct: Be Informed, Be Aware
- Practice Notes: Navigating Conflicts of Interest
Helpful CCP resources
- Watch this educational video to get a snapshot of the CCP requirements.
- Watch the “Committed to Competence” webinar which provides an overview of the CCP requirements and answers registrants’ most frequently asked questions, including how lived experiences may be used as a CCP learning activity.
Reminder: Complete Survey Regarding the Draft Revisions to the Standards of Practice Draft
As shared in a February 16 eBulletin, the College has been conducting a comprehensive review of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice over the past year The draft revisions are now ready and we invite you to share your input!
The survey can be accessed until March 2, 2023 and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. We recommend that you set aside time to review the draft revisions to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice before completing the survey.
The proposed updates are intended to reflect societal changes and current practices in the professions of social work and social service work.
Your participation in the consultation survey can be used as a learning activity for your CCP!
If at any time you experience technical difficulties or have any questions and/or concerns regarding the survey, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Opportunity from the Ministry of Long-Term Care: Resident Health and Well-Being Program
Registrants who work in licensed Long-Term Care (LTC) settings may be eligible for funding offered by the Ministry of Long-Term Care.
The Resident Health and Well-Being (RHWB) Program assists LTC settings in working towards a best practice minimum of 30 minutes of psychosocial supports and care per resident every four weeks through the provision of social support services provided by registered social workers, registered social service workers and other allied health professionals.
The RHWB Program funds can be used to boost hiring, top up hours or bring independently contracted social workers and social service workers into LTC homes to offer residents psychosocial supports.
Visit the Ontario Association of Social Workers website for more information about the RHWB Program. If you have further questions, please contact the Ministry of Long-Term Care at LTC.Info@ontario.ca.