Participate in the 2015 Member Communications Survey

We invite you to participate in the College's online Member Communications Survey. The Member Communications Survey is an important research tool designed by the College to gain a better understanding of its members' communication habits and preferences. The insights gained from the survey results will help the College better serve its members. The results from last year's survey were very informative, leading to the College's launch of an official Twitter account and the live-tweeting of…

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It’s Time to Renew Your College Membership Online!

Annual renewal of registration is now open. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by recent technical difficulties and thank you for your patience. Please click here to renew your membership online. Tax Receipts and Member Cards Now Available Online! The College is pleased to inform members that tax receipts and member cards are now available online following payment of the 2016 annual renewal fee. To access your tax receipt and member card, please follow the…

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Important Updates for College Members!

The College has three important updates for College members regarding the Continuing Competence Program (CCP), the Social Workers and Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund (PDF), and the controlled act of psychotherapy. Continuing Competence Program (CCP) Membership renewal for 2016 is set to begin this fall! When you renew your membership, you’ll be required to make a declaration indicating that you have participated in the 2015 CCP. If you haven’t done so already, now is the…

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Employment Opportunity: Deputy Registrar

Reporting to the Registrar, the Deputy Registrar is the second most senior position at the College and a member of the management team. The Deputy Registrar has administrative and operational oversight of several key functions of the College as well as the responsibility for creating, maintaining and evaluating the administrative and physical infrastructure required to support the mandate and mission of the College. The Deputy Registrar is an officer of the College and is the…

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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 Bob Thompson, MSW, RSW as the President of Council. First elected to Council in 2010, Bob has more than 40 years of experience in social work and has worked extensively in the fields of youth justice and child welfare. The College would also like to welcome the additional newly-elected Executive Committee members of Council for 2015-16: David…

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Appointment of New Registrar and CEO

The Council of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lise Betteridge as Registrar and CEO of the College, effective September 1, 2015. Lise has been the Acting Registrar since November 2014 and has had full responsibility for College operations for the past ten months. During this time, she has managed the College with steadfast dedication. Lise has been an integral part of the…

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Important Information for Members – Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development Fund for Social Work and Social Service Work Members The Minister of Community and Social Services, Dr. Helena Jaczek, announced at the College’s Annual Meeting and Education Day the creation of a $1 million Professional Development Fund Pilot (PDF), established to fund training for registered social workers and registered social service workers in Ontario over the next two years. This pilot project was established largely due to the effective advocacy by the Ontario…

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Educational Forums 2015- Barrie and St. Catharines

This year, the 2015 Educational Forums will be held in St. Catharines on September 25, 2015 and Barrie on October 15, 2015. Don’t miss this opportunity to: Touch base with the CollegeLearn valuable tools to help you in your practiceConnect with your peers For more information and to register, please click here or visit the following link: http://www.ocswssw.org/2015-educational-forums/

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Knowing Your Duty: Reporting under the Child and Family Services Act

In February 2014, following a Coroner's Inquest into the 2002 death of a young child who had involvement with the child protection system in Ontario, the Inquest jury provided its verdict and recommendations to the Ontario government. Of the 103 recommendations, four focus on the duty to report child abuse and neglect as set out in the Child and Family Services Act (the “CFSA”). The Inquest jury also recommended that the Ministry of Children and…

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2015 Election Results for Electoral District No. 4

The following are the results of the election of members of the College to the Council, which took place on May 28, 2015 in electoral district number 4. The results of this election process are now final as the College did not receive a request for a recount prior to June 12, 2015. The following candidates are declared elected by the Election Committee. Social Service Workers: As the number of candidates nominated for the following…

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Join the OCSWSSW on Social Media

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is expanding and enhancing its presence on Twitter and LinkedIn. The world is changing and more and more people are connecting and sharing their experiences on social media. In fact, more than 80% of College members who participated in the College’s comprehensive Member Communications Survey indicated they would like to receive social media alerts from the College regarding new learning tools, materials and content.…

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