College Response to the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee Report – January 2022

The Office of the Chief Coroner has notified the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) of the results of a review by the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC) and sought the College’s support in implementing several of its recommendations. This eBulletin is intended to address the DVDRC’s recommendation by: Sharing the findings of the DVDRC with members.Reminding members of their professional obligations with respect to competence, currency and scope…

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Message from the Registrar and CEO: COVID-19 Update as Ontario Moves to Modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen

As noted in its recent announcement, effective January 5, 2022, the Ontario government is moving to a modified step two of the Roadmap to Reopen in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. These measures will be in place until at least January 26, 2022, pending the review of trends in public health and health system indicators.As Registrar and CEO, I recognize that this latest return to restrictions is discouraging. Many of you may…

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New Practice Resource: Ethical and Competent Responses to Anti-Indigenous Racism – A Conversation with Cheryl McPherson, RSW

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to share a new practice resource on ethical and competent responses to anti-Indigenous racism. As noted in the fall issue of Perspective, the College’s Director of Professional Practice, Christina Van Sickle, RSW, met with Cheryl McPherson, RSW, to discuss the intersection of social work and social service work practice and Indigenous worldviews. The College’s conversation with McPherson was in a spoken-word…

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Read the College’s Updated Practice Guidelines for Medication Practices and Appendix on the Administration of Naloxone

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to announce that College Council recently approved the Appendix on the administration of Naloxone, which now forms part of the updated Practice Guidelines for Medication Practices available on the College website. These Guidelines were developed to assist members and employers in interpreting and applying the College’s Standards of Practice. About the New Appendix: Administration of Naloxone College members were asked to…

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Revisit the 2021 Educational Forum on the College Website!

The College held its virtual Educational Forum on October 27, 2021. Over 1,200 members registered for this year’s event with almost 900 participants tuning in live on our virtual portal and many more viewing the presentation on-demand, making this year’s Forum a great success! We invite you to revisit the event on the College website and YouTube channel. The Educational Forum is part of the Glenda McDonald Educational Series. Watch the 2021 Educational Forum This…

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The College Introduces Its Redesigned and More Accessible Website

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned and more accessible website. The new website is part of the College’s ongoing efforts to leverage technology to improve its services and make its platforms more accessible to the stakeholders we serve. Created with the stakeholder experience in mind, the College’s newly redesigned website is compliant with the latest accessibility standards (WCAG 2.0-compliant) and…

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Council Highlights for December 1-2, 2021

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. December 1, 2021 (10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW, President, provided his report to Council.Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar and CEO, and Denitha Breau, Deputy Registrar, presented their report to Council. The report provided updates under each strategic priority in the College’s Strategic Plan…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights for November 23, 2021

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Group was established to assist the College in moving forward on its commitment to increase diversity, equity and inclusion – a key priority in the College’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. Task Group member Carrie McEachran, Public Member, read a Land Acknowledgement and provided reflections on her own learning and experiences with respect to Reconciliation and the land.Chair Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW welcomed the Task Group members to the meeting.Task Group member Sandra…

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OCSWSSW Membership Renewals Now Open!

Members can now renew their membership and pay their annual fee through the College’s Online Member Services. The deadline to complete your membership renewal is December 31, 2021. Renew Your Membership Online To renew your membership online, follow these easy steps: Log in to your Online Member Services using your User ID (your OCSWSSW registration number) and your password.Click on the “2022 Renewals” link on the top left-hand side of your screen and select “2022 Renewals” to complete…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights – October 28, 2021

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Group was established to assist the College in moving forward on its commitment to increase diversity, equity and inclusion – a key priority in the College’s 2020-2023 Strategic Plan. Task Group member Charlene Crews, RSSW, read a Land Acknowledgement and provided reflections on her own experience, learnings and practices with respect to Reconciliation and DEI work.Co-Chair Brian Seng-Low, RSSW welcomed the Task Group members to the meeting, indicating that he…

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Message from the Registrar and CEO: COVID-19 Update Around Practice Considerations

The Ontario government recently announced its gradual approach to lifting remaining public health and workplace safety measures over the next six months. As noted in the document A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term, the government will monitor trends in COVID-19 provincial and local public health and health system indicators including COVID-19 cases and increases in hospitalizations to ensure that public health and workplace safety measures can be lifted safely. In light of…

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