OCSWSSW Council Elects New President and Executive Committee

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is pleased to announce the election of Beatrice Traub-Werner, MSW, RSW, as the President of Council. Beatrice was elected to Council in 2008 and previously served two terms as President in 2013/14 and 2014/15. The College would also like to welcome the recently elected Executive Committee members of Council for 2016/17: Greg Clarke, RSSW – Vice-PresidentDavid Hodgson, Public Member – Vice-PresidentShelley Hale, RSSW –…

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Medical Assistance in Dying: Guidance for Members of the OCSWSSW

In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada found that the prohibition against physician-assisted dying in the Criminal Code of Canada was unconstitutional. In response to the Supreme Court's decision, Parliament passed legislation on medical assistance in dying (“MAID”) on June 17, 2016. This means that doctors and nurse practitioners in Canada can now provide medical assistance in dying, where this is done in accordance with the federal legislation as well as any applicable provincial…

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Important Updates for Members: Completing your CCP and the Social Workers and Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund

With the arrival of fall, renewing your College membership will soon be top of mind. This eBulletin contains important information about the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) and the Social Workers and Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund (SWSSWPDF). Continuing Competence Program (CCP) Membership renewal for 2017 is coming soon! When you renew your College membership, you’ll be required to make a declaration indicating that you have participated in the 2016 CCP. If you haven’t done…

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Important Notice

The College server will be down from Saturday, September 17th at 8 p.m. until Sunday, September 18 at 10:00 a.m. You will be unable to access the College website, and send the College an email, fax or voicemail during that time. More importantly, you will not be able to renew your membership, access the Online Register or login to My Profile. Please keep this information in mind and revisit the College after 10:00 a.m. on…

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Archived AMED 2016 Webcasts Available on College Website

We invite you to continue to participate in the 2016 Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED), which was held in-person in Toronto and, for the first time, webcast live all day. All of our AMED 2016 sessions are available online in either archived audio webcast or PowerPoint presentation, or both. Videos are available of the Annual Meeting and keynote address. To access any of these sessions, visit our website at: http://www.ocswssw.org/members/amed/resilience2016/. Most accessible AMED ever…

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Read the College’s Inaugural CCP Ambassador Program Interviews

In 2015, at its Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED), the College asked members to share their stories about what activities they engage in as part of the annual Continuing Competence Program (CCP). We would like to thank those members who indicated their interest. CCP Ambassadors are registered social workers and registered social service workers who have agreed to share their unique perspectives on why they feel remaining continually competent by completing the CCP each…

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2015 Annual Report Now Available Online

The College’s 2015 Annual Report can now be viewed on the College website. The theme of this year’s Annual Report is Fifteen Years: Moving Forward. The 2015 Annual Report includes the following: Joint Message from the President and Registrar2015 Accomplishments2015 Committee ReportsIndependent Auditor’s Report You can read the 2015 Annual Report by clicking on the following link: http://www.ocswssw.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2015-Annual-Report.pdf For more information, please contact John Gilson, Communications Coordinator, at jgilson@ocswssw.org.

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Registration for AMED 2016 Now Open

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers is pleased to announce that registration for the 2016 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 Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The theme of AMED 2016 is Resilience: At the…

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2016 Membership Renewal Late-Fee Deadline Approaching

The College would like to remind all members who have not yet renewed their memberships to do so online on or before January 31st, 2016. A late-fee penalty of $50 will be charged if the annual fee is received after January 31st, 2016. Renew Your Membership Online You can renew your membership online by visiting: http://www.ocswssw.org/members/membership-renewals/. Once you agree to the OCSWSSW website’s Terms and Conditions, you will need to enter your User ID and…

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USB Update – 2016 CCP Documents Now Available

The 2016 Continuing Competence Program (CCP) documents, including the CCP Instruction Guide and Self-Assessment Tool and Professional Development Plan documents, are ready for download. To access the updated documents on your Member Resource USB key, please follow these instructions: Plug your USB key into your computer.Double click on the College logo in the USB key folder and click on your preferred language.A pop-up window will prompt you to update your USB key. Please click “Yes”.…

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The College Welcomes New Deputy Registrar

The College is pleased to announce Laura Sheehan as its new Deputy Registrar. Laura brings a wealth of regulatory experience to the College. Most recently, Laura served as the Deputy Registrar of the College of Early Childhood Educators. A teacher by profession, she also worked for the Ontario College of Teachers during its foundational years. “I believe my experience has prepared me well for my role with the OCSWSSW,” she said. “I look forward to…

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