Message from the Registrar – Entry-to-Practice Exams

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is aware of concerns circulating over the College’s decision to implement entry-to-practice exams for all applicants. We would like to take this opportunity to respond and provide some important clarification. ASWB Exam Pass Rate Analysis In August 2022, the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) published an Exam Pass Rate Analysis, which included data indicating that racialized candidates have historically had lower exam…

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Illegal Practitioner Criminally Charged

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is advising Ontarians of an illegal social work practitioner who now faces criminal charges. Katayoon Masoumi Rad, also known as Kathy Masoumirad, Kathy Mehranian and Kathy M. Rad, has been practising illegally in Woodbridge, Ontario and fraudulently using the name and credentials of a former OCSWSSW registrant to provide social work services. The Durham Regional Police Services has charged Katayoon Masoumi Rad with fraud related…

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Professional Practice Update: Educational Forum Video Now Online and 2022 CCP Reminder

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is sharing the following information and resources to support your practice. Educational Forum Video Now Available Online! The College held its virtual Educational Forum on October 19, 2022. This year’s Forum featured an update from College Registrar and CEO Lise Betteridge, MSW, RSW, and a thought-provoking keynote address entitled The Journey to Unity: Disrupting Racism and Decolonizing Child Welfare, presented by Sherrie Moore,…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights – November 15, 2022

Chisanga Chekwe, Public Member, shared some of his reflections on his own learnings and experiences with respect to Reconciliation and the land. Task Group Co-Chair, Brian Seng-Low, welcomed Task Group members to the meeting. The minutes from the September 20, 2022 meeting of the Task Group were reviewed. Lise Betteridge, Registrar and CEO, advised the Task Group that Council approved amendments to Bylaw No. 1 which added the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to the…

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OCSWSSW Renewals Now Open!

You can now renew your registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) for 2023. The deadline to complete your renewal and payment for the year 2023 is December 31, 2022. Keeping your registration with the College is important. Only professionals registered with the College are allowed to use the titles “social worker,” “registered social worker,” “social service worker” or “registered social service worker.” RENEW YOUR REGISTRATION! New registrants…

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Election Results RE: Council Vacancy in District No. 2 – Social Service Work Category

On Friday, October 28, the elected members of Council voted to fill the Council vacancy for the social service work category in Electoral District No. 2. The following registrant is the candidate who received the greatest number of votes: Sandra Sidsworth, RSSW Sandra will join Council for the remainder of the term, which is until the first Council meeting after the next election in District 2, scheduled for May 2025. Role of Council members Council…

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Coming Soon: Member Renewals 2023

As a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, you must pay your membership fees annually, by December 31. Keeping your membership current is important. It demonstrates your commitment to professional, ethical, qualified and accountable practice. It also says something important about the professions of social work and social service work as a whole, and about you as an individual practitioner. The renewal season will commence in mid November 2022.…

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Call for Expressions of Interest: Inclusive Communications Assessment

Attention service users and the Ontario public: The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is working in collaboration with AndHumanity, an inclusive marketing agency, to assess its overall marketing and communication initiatives and identify opportunities to be more inclusive of service users. If you are interested in participating, please complete the screening questions at the following link: Call-out to the public form  We are specifically seeking feedback from those who…

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Important Notice – Online Services Maintenance Update

The College’s online services, including the Online Register, Member Portal and Applicant Portal, will be unavailable for a scheduled update as of Thursday, October 20th until Monday, October 24th. To find a member or confirm the registration status of a social worker or social service worker, please contact the College at info@ocswssw.org. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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OCSWSSW Invites Employers in St. Catharines and Barrie to its Virtual Employer Roundtable

Attention Employers in St. Catharines and Barrie: The College would like to invite your organization to participate in the College’s virtual Employer Roundtable, which is being held on Thursday, November 10, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The event will provide employers of social workers and social service workers with an interactive opportunity to: learn about the College’s public protection mandate;discuss the importance of registration; andexplore some of the challenges that face employers today in…

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Call for Nominations for Council Vacancy – October 2022

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) has recently accepted a resignation from the elected social service worker for Electoral District No. 2. Accordingly, there is a social service work vacancy on Council. We encourage you to consider expressing your interest in filling this vacancy. Bylaw 36 requires the College to identify social service work members from District 2 who are willing to serve on Council for the remainder of the…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights – September 20, 2022

Amanda Bettencourt, RSSW, reflected on the Land Acknowledgement, as an Indigenous Member of the Task Group.Co-Chair Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW, welcomed Task Group members to the meeting.The minutes from the July 14, 2022 meeting of the Task Group were reviewed.Lise Betteridge, Registrar and CEO, provided some background information regarding Council’s approval of the following recommendations:approval of a bylaw amendment to Bylaw No. 1, which adds the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to the College’s list of…

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