Message from the Registrar and CEO: Practice Considerations as Ontario Makes Changes to Masking Mandates

As noted in its recent announcement, effective March 21, 2022, the Ontario government is making changes to masking mandates - masks will no longer be required, except for public transit, health care settings, long-term care homes and congregate care settings. In light of this recent announcement, the College advises social workers and social service workers to review the following: Practice Considerations In making decisions about their practice, members should first determine how the changes to…

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PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE UPDATE: REQUIRED READINGS FOR 2022 CCP AND OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is pleased to share the following updates and resources to support members’ practice. 2022 Continuing Competence Program CCP overview: A condition of registration with the College Your registration with the College demonstrates to the public that you are qualified and current in your practice – that you continue to learn and develop as a professional. In accordance with the Registration Regulation made under…

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2022 OCSWSSW Council Elections – Call for Nominations

On Thursday, May 26, 2022, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) will hold an election for registered social workers and registered social service workers in the following electoral districts: Electoral District No. 1Electoral District No. 2Electoral District No. 5 The College invites all members eligible to vote in Electoral District Nos. 1, 2 and 5 to put their names forward as candidates for election to the College Council. The…

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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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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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