Invitation to Share Your Feedback: Draft Revisions to the Standards of Practice

Over the past year, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) has been conducting a comprehensive review of its Standards of Practice. The draft revisions to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice are now ready and we invite you to share your input! Once approved by Council, the revised Standards of Practice will impact every social worker and social service worker in Ontario, regardless of their area of…

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OCSWSSW Invites Employers in Thunder Bay and Dryden to its Virtual Employer Roundtable

ATTENTION EMPLOYERS IN THUNDER BAY AND DRYDEN On March 2, 2023, the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is hosting a virtual event for employers in Thunder Bay and Dryden. We invite your organization to participate in this virtual Employer Roundtable, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 2. The event will provide employers of social workers and social service workers with an interactive opportunity…

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ASWB Seeks Registered Social Workers to Join a Community Conversation to Share Experiences in Their Social Work Journeys

The following message is sent on behalf of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). The ASWB is a non-profit organization composed of and owned by the social worker regulatory boards and colleges of all 50 U.S. states and all 10 Canadian provinces, including the College. Message from the ASWB The ASWB is seeking registered social workers to join an online community conversation on Thursday, April 20, 2023, 6:00-9:00 p.m. EDT. As part of the ASWB’s ongoing efforts to listen…

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Message from the OCSWSSW Council Chair – Announcement of the Registrar and CEO’s Retirement

Dear College stakeholder: It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Lise Betteridge, the College’s Registrar and CEO, has informed College Council of her decision to retire at the end of July 2023. Lise was appointed Registrar and CEO of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers in 2015, after serving previously as Director of Professional Practice, Deputy Registrar and Acting Registrar. Prior to joining the College in 2010,…

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2023 Council Election – Call for Nominations

On Thursday, May 25, 2023, 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 Electoral District No. 3. The College invites all registrants eligible to vote in Electoral District No. 3 to put their names forward as candidates for election to the College Council. The due date for receipt of completed and signed nomination forms is 5 p.m. (EST)…

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Invitation: Inclusivity Assessment Consultations

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is working in collaboration with AndHumanity, an inclusive marketing agency, to assess our overall communication initiatives. Your insights will help inform and support us in identifying opportunities and actions to be more inclusive of both service users and registrants. We recognize that all of our registrants bring different lenses, perspectives, and lived experiences. At this time, we are specifically seeking feedback from Indigenous…

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Names Registrants Must Use While Practising

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) has received a number of inquiries about registrants practising under a name that is different from the one they used to register with the College. The following information is intended to clarify what name a registrant must practise under, and how registrants can change or update their name(s) with the College. Requirement to practise using the name you used to register with the…

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Council Highlights for December 1, 2022

John Fleming, Council Chair, provided his report to Council. Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar and CEO, and Denitha Breau, Deputy Registrar, presented their report to Council. The report provided updates under each strategic priority in the College’s Strategic Plan and included information about the following: registrant-base data including a breakdown of registrants; registration stats over the last year as compared to previous years; an update on the College’s CRM software upgrade; the Professional Practice Department’s continued…

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Message from the Registrar – Entry-to-Practice Exams

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is aware of concerns circulating over the College’s decision to implement entry-to-practice exams for all applicants. We would like to take this opportunity to respond and provide some important clarification. ASWB Exam Pass Rate Analysis In August 2022, the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) published an Exam Pass Rate Analysis, which included data indicating that racialized candidates have historically had lower exam…

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Illegal Practitioner Criminally Charged

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) is advising Ontarians of an illegal social work practitioner who now faces criminal charges. Katayoon Masoumi Rad, also known as Kathy Masoumirad, Kathy Mehranian and Kathy M. Rad, has been practising illegally in Woodbridge, Ontario and fraudulently using the name and credentials of a former OCSWSSW registrant to provide social work services. The Durham Regional Police Services has charged Katayoon Masoumi Rad with fraud related…

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Professional Practice Update: Educational Forum Video Now Online and 2022 CCP Reminder

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) is sharing the following information and resources to support your practice. Educational Forum Video Now Available Online! The College held its virtual Educational Forum on October 19, 2022. This year’s Forum featured an update from College Registrar and CEO Lise Betteridge, MSW, RSW, and a thought-provoking keynote address entitled The Journey to Unity: Disrupting Racism and Decolonizing Child Welfare, presented by Sherrie Moore,…

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