Revisit the 2020 Annual Meeting and Keynote Address Online!

The College invites members and other stakeholders to experience the 2020 Annual Meeting and keynote address by Dr. Ramona Alaggia on our website and YouTube channel. We’re happy to report that the Annual Meeting and Keynote Address livestream event received more than a combined 1,300 views from Ontario and beyond, via the College’s website and Facebook page. The videos include both English and French closed captioning. For members who were unable to join live, you…

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Coming soon: Membership Renewals 2021

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 also about you as an individual practitioner. The renewal season will commence in early November…

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OCSWSSW COVID-19 Update

Dear College members: With recent news about the steady increase in COVID-19 cases and the return to previous restrictions in some sectors and regions, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) would like to take this opportunity to highlight various recommendations to members and other stakeholders. Key considerations Given the rapidly changing environment, it is vital that members remain up to date with respect to information and guidance from government…

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ASWB Is Seeking Registered Social Workers to Help Write Questions for Licensing Exams

Dear College members: The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is seeking registered social workers to write questions for the licensing exams used in the United States and Canada. Practicing social workers – known as item writers – write all the questions on the ASWB social work licensing exams. These writers are selected for their social work expertise and balanced to reflect diversity in practice area, geography, and demographics. Item writers work on a contract…

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Join Us for the 2020 Educational Forums!

The College invites members to participate in its upcoming virtual Educational Forum on October 22! The Educational Forums are part of the College’s Glenda McDonald Educational Series. These half-day events are an excellent opportunity for members to stay connected with the College and gain valuable knowledge through the following agenda: 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – OCSWSSW update 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Keynote address 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Keynote Q&A period…

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Message from the Registrar and CEO: College Updates

Dear College members and other stakeholders: As we head into fall, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with a number of College updates. COVID-19 The College continues to monitor the ongoing impact of the pandemic and to provide members and other stakeholders with ongoing updates and information. As noted in previous eBulletins, the College continues to strongly advise members to continue, wherever reasonably possible, to provide services by electronic means. Members should…

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Council Meeting Highlights for September 9-10, 2020

The Council is the 21-member governing body and board of directors that manages and administers College affairs. The policies developed by Council provide direction to the College and to staff. September 9, 2020 The following Council members were elected by Council to the Executive Committee:Toula Kourgiantakis, RSW – PresidentMukesh Kowlessar, RSSW – Vice-PresidentDéirdre Smith, Public Member – Vice-PresidentSanjay Govindaraj, RSW – Executive MemberShelley Hale, RSSW – Executive MemberPamela Murphy, Public Member – Executive MemberCouncil reviewed…

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OCSWSSW Council Election Results

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is pleased to announce the election of Toula Kourgiantakis, RSW as Council President, and the election of the Council Executive Committee for 2020/21. “It’s a great honour to be elected by my colleagues to serve as President of the College Council,” said Toula, who was elected on September 9, 2020. “We’re entering a pivotal time in the College’s history as we look to implement…

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Reminder – Attend the College’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Keynote Address

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers would like to remind College members of its upcoming 2020 Annual Meeting and keynote address. This year’s event will take place entirely via livestream on Thursday, September 3, 2020 as follows: Annual Meeting: 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Keynote Address: 11 a.m. to noon During the livestream, members will be able to participate by asking questions and/or making comments. Participants will be able to submit their…

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Message from the Registrar and CEO: Changes to Ontario’s Child Welfare System

The Ontario government recently released a plan to modernize the province’s child welfare system. Focused on prevention, early intervention and more permanent homes for children and youth in care, the strategy is built around five pillars: supporting child, youth, family and community well-being;improving quality of care;strengthening youth supports;improving stability and permanency; andincreasing system accountability and sustainability. The system redesign was developed with input from a diverse array of stakeholders. The strategy was released alongside two…

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