Coming soon: Member Renewals 2022

As a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, you must pay your membership fees annually, by December 31. Keeping your membership current is important. It demonstrates your commitment to professional, ethical, qualified and accountable practice. It also says something important about the professions of social work and social service work as a whole, and about you as an individual practitioner. The renewal season will commence in early November 2021. You…

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Professional Practice Update: Updates to MAID Resource and Other Announcements

In this update: College Updates MAID Resource for MembersSAVE THE DATE! Educational ForumODSP Revises Disability Determination Package and Medical Review Package Self ReportOnline Mental Health and Substance Use Supports for Health care Workers and Primary Care Providers The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to share the following information and resources to support members’ practice: College Revises MAID Resource for Members The College recently has updated its medical…

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Professional Practice Update: Practice Considerations around Provincial Vaccination Mandate and College’s Upcoming Review of the Standards of Practice

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) would like to share the following information and resources to support members’ practice. Practice considerations around vaccination Over the last few months, the College’s Professional Practice Team has seen an increase in practice-related inquiries around proof of vaccination requirements. Members are advised to continue to follow previously communicated practice recommendations about in-person practice, regardless of the vaccination status of their clients. All previous…

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Register Now for the College’s 2021 Educational Forum!

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) invites you to attend its Educational Forum on Wednesday October 27, 2021. The Educational Forum is part of the Glenda McDonald Educational Series. What to Expect Following the success of this year’s two-day virtual Annual Meeting and Education Day (AMED), which reached over 2,000 members, and as part of the College’s ongoing efforts to increase equity and inclusion, this year’s Educational Forum will be hosted entirely…

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College Office Closed for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) will be closed on Thursday, September 30th in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about and reflect on the dark chapter in the country’s history and to commemorate the survivors of the residential “school” system, their families and their communities. The College is committed to continuing…

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DEI Task Group Meeting Highlights for September 15, 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. Non-Council Co-Chair Brian Seng-Low, RSSW read a Land Acknowledgement.Co-Chairs Sanjay Govindaraj, RSW and Brian Seng-Low, RSSW welcomed the Task Group members to the meeting.Task Group member Sandra Southwind set the intention for the meeting.The minutes from the August 17, 2021 meeting…

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Council Highlights for September 9-10, 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. September 9, 2021  The following Council members were elected by Council to the Executive Committee:Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW – PresidentLisa Seburn, RSW – Vice-PresidentJohn Fleming, Public Member – Vice-PresidentSanjay Govindaraj, RSW – Executive MemberShelley Hale, RSSW – Executive MemberPam Murphy, Public member – Executive MemberMukesh Kowlessar,…

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The College Re-elects Council President Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to announce the re-election of Council President Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW, and the election of the Council Executive Committee for 2021/2022. “It’s a great honour to be re-elected to serve as President of the College Council,” said Kowlessar, who was re-elected on September 9, 2021. “I look forward to working alongside my fellow Council members as we continue our important work in…

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“What’s in a name?” The OCSWSSW Wants Ontarians to Know They Are Protected

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is encouraging Ontarians to check out its Online Register of social workers and social service workers through its “What’s in a name?” public awareness campaign. The OCSWSSW is the regulatory body for social workers and social service workers in Ontario. Its mandate is to protect the public from unqualified, incompetent and unfit practitioners in Ontario. The “What’s in a name?” campaign promotes awareness of the OCSWSSW and the…

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OCSWSSW Invites Employers in the Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Sudbury and Surrounding Areas to its Virtual Employer Roundtable

On September 29, 2021, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is hosting a virtual event for employers in the Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Sudbury and surrounding areas.  The College would like to invite your organization to participate in the College’s virtual Employer Roundtable, which is being held on Wednesday, September 29th, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The event will provide employers of social workers and social service workers with an opportunity…

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