COVID-19 Recommendations for Social Workers and Social Service Workers

The College continues to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and is providing additional guidance to support its members and protect the public. Governments at all levels and Canada’s public health experts are strongly encouraging the use of widespread social distancing. At this time, we are strongly recommending that College members consider suspending all non-essential social work and social service work services until further notice. Members are advised to use their professional judgment to…

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COVID-19 Updates

The College is working hard to restore core regulatory operations remotely while continuing to monitor the developments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. While the College’s physical office remains closed until further notice, essential work is underway to resume services remotely as soon as possible.

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OCSWSSW Important Notice: Office Closure

To College members and other stakeholders: In light of recent developments concerning COVID-19, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers has closed its offices until further notice. The College made this very difficult decision in order to protect its staff and stakeholders, recognizing that we all have a shared responsibility to take steps to reduce the spread of the virus. Please note that the closure means that all College operations and services…

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Message from the Registrar & CEO regarding COVID-19

To College members and other stakeholders: I’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with information about the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers’ response to rapidly evolving developments related to COVID-19. The College takes this matter very seriously. We are committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for all our stakeholders. To this end, we have put in place a number of measures to protect our staff, Council and…

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Council Meeting Highlights for March 5, 2020

Shelley Hale, RSSW, President, provided her report to Council.Registrar and CEO Lise Betteridge, MSW, RSW, and Deputy Registrar Laura Sheehan presented their report to Council. The report provided updates on: registration and membership; digital communications, including website and Online Register metrics; outreach initiatives, including the College’s public awareness campaign; the upcoming Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED); professional practice support and outreach; the Continuing Competence Program (CCP); complaints and discipline; and College operations.Council reviewed the…

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Members: Join Us for an Educational Webinar on Supervision

Supervision: The Cornerstone of CompetenceThursday, March 12, 2020Noon - 1 p.m. As a registered member of the College, do you receive supervision? Are you considering becoming a supervisor? There are many factors to consider when exploring the topic of supervision, and the College’s Professional Practice Department responds regularly to inquiries from members about this issue. To address the most frequently asked questions, we are pleased to announce an educational webinar on Thursday, March 12, 2020…

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Members: Renew Your College Membership for 2020

As a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, you must pay your annual membership fee by December 31. Keeping your membership current is important. It demonstrates your commitment to professional, ethical, qualified and accountable practice. It says something important about the professions of social work and social service work as a whole, and also about you as an individual practitioner. (more…)

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OCSWSSW Council Election Results

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is pleased to announce the re-election of Council President Shelley Hale, RSSW, and the election of the Council Executive Committee for 2019/20. “I am honoured to be re-elected as President of the College Council,” says Shelley, who was re-elected on September 5, 2019. “I look forward to working alongside my fellow Council members in the development of the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan as we fulfill…

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