Spring 2017 Perspective Now Available Online!

The College is pleased to announce that the spring 2017 issue of Perspective can now be viewed on the NEW Perspective website at perspective.ocswssw.org. In this issue… A Snapshot of College MembersRethinking Social Justice at AMED 20172017 College Council ElectionsNew Notification and Reporting Requirements under PHIPA – What You Need to KnowPractice Notes: “Setting the Table” – Issues to Consider When Initiating Client ConversationsDiscipline Decision SummariesQ&A: What Are the Benefits of Following the College on…

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Professional Practice Update: Additional Information and Resources Now Available on College Website

The Professional Practice Department contributes to the ongoing development of practice resources, and oversees the Continuing Competence Program (CCP). Professional Practice staff also provides the following services: Consultations with members, employers and the publicIn-person or remote presentations across OntarioAccess to College resources While these services are not new to members, this information is now more readily available on the College website. Learn more about the services provided by the Professional Practice Department. New – Social…

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OCSWSSW 2016 Annual Report Now Available Online

The 2016 Annual Report can be viewed on the College website. The theme of this year’s Annual Report is The Next Chapter. The 2016 Annual Report highlights the College’s activities over the past year and includes the following: Joint Message from the President and the Registrar2016 Accomplishments2016 Committee ReportsIndependent Auditor’s Report Click here to read the 2016 Annual Report. For more information, contact John Gilson, Communications Officer, at jgilson@ocswssw.org.

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Professional Practice Updates: 2017 CCP and ODSP Income Support

The College has important updates for members regarding the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) and the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services’ (MCSS) changes to medical reviews for Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients. 2017 CCP updateFor the 2017 CCP, College members will be required to review (along with the Standards of Practice) the article, “Medical Assistance in Dying: What Are My Professional Obligations?” In February, the College announced that its revised 2017 CCP is…

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Registration for AMED 2017 Now Open

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers is pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting & Education Day (AMED) is now open to all College members. The event is part of the Glenda McDonald Educational Series. AMED will take place on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The theme of AMED 2017 is Rethinking Social Justice:…

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The College Introduces New Communications Initiatives

The College is pleased to introduce two new communications initiatives which will help us better engage and connect with our stakeholders: the online Perspective newsletter and informational podcasts. Perspective gets its own websiteStarting this April, the College will offer the Perspective newsletter in electronic-only format. Members will be able to access Perspective online at www.perspective.ocswssw.org. The College’s decision to move towards an electronic Perspective was based in part on: A desire to be responsive to…

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Newly Revised CCP Documents Now Available on College Website

The College is pleased to announce that its 2017 Continuing Competence Program (CCP) documents – which include a newly revised CCP Instruction Guide, Self-Assessment Tool and Professional Development Plan – are now available on the College website. Council approved changes to the CCP after considering recommendations from a comprehensive evaluation of the program. The College is committed to ensuring that the CCP is feasible and accessible for all members. The CCP promotes quality assurance with…

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Domestic Violence Death Review Committee Report Response

The Office of the Chief Coroner has notified the College of the results of a review by the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (“DVDRC”) and sought the College's support in implementing one of its recommendations. This eBulletin seeks to assist in implementing 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 of practice, particularly in the areas of depression, suicidal…

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Psychotherapy Consultation

Five regulatory colleges have created a clarification document and YouTube video to help individuals who provide psychotherapy services understand the distinction between psychotherapy as the controlled act and psychotherapy that does not fall under the definition of the controlled act. We are seeking your input as to whether these resources provide sufficient clarity. The controlled act of psychotherapy will be one of 14 “controlled acts” or healthcare activities which are restricted to members of certain…

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Call for Nominations for Election to Council in District 3

Members in Electoral District #3 have been sent an eBulletin announcing a Call for Nominations for election to Council. If you are a member in District #3, and you have not received a Call for Nominations by eBulletin, please check your spam folder. To ensure you receive electronic information from the College, please add the College to your email contact list. For more information, please contact Pat Lieberman at plieberman@ocswssw.org.

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2017 Membership Renewal Late-Fee Deadline Approaching

The College would like to remind all members who have not yet renewed their membership for 2017 to do so online on or before January 31, 2017 to avoid the late fee penalty. If you do not intend to renew your membership for 2017 or wish to change your membership status, you must contact the College for further instructions. How to Renew Your Membership OnlineOnline renewals are secure and easy, and take less than five…

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New College Podcasts: The Council Member Experience

Are you interested in becoming a member of the College Council? The College has developed new podcasts of Council Members talking about their experience. To listen to the podcasts, click here. The College Council is comprised of seven social workers and seven social service workers who are elected by members of the College. Another seven Public members are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor. An election is held in a different district in May of each…

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