Council Highlights for March 2, 2022

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. March 2, 2022 (10:15 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.) Mukesh Kowlessar, RSSW, President, provided his report to Council, which included an update about Council’s upcoming governance training and review project launched by the Governance Working Group. Lise Betteridge, RSW, Registrar and CEO, and Denitha Breau, Deputy…

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Professional Practice Update: Use of the Title “Psychotherapist” and Other Announcements

In this update: Use of the title “Psychotherapist” and clarification to insurance providers regarding the title “Psychotherapist”Frequently asked questions on practising in another province or jurisdictionReminder: 2022 CCP required readings 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. Use of the Title “Psychotherapist” Members of the College are authorized to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy in compliance…

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Save the Date for AMED 2022!

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers is happy to announce that it will be holding its Annual Meeting & Education Day (AMED) on Friday, June 10, 2022. AMED is part of the Glenda McDonald Educational Series. This year’s theme is Learning and Unlearning in a Changing Landscape. The College is pleased to have Dr. Carol Hopkins, RSW, as the keynote speaker and eight educational sessions that will take place throughout the day on Friday,…

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INFORMATION ON TITLES AND DESIGNATIONS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) has received a number of inquiries regarding the correct use of titles and designations. The following information is intended to clarify which titles and designations members may use. Protected titles In Ontario, the following protected titles and designations, their abbreviations and French equivalents can only be used by, or in reference to, individuals registered with the College. Social workerRegistered social workerSocial service workerRegistered…

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ASWB Is Seeking Registered Social Workers to Join their Practice Analysis Task Force and an Update on Entry-to-Practice Exams

The following includes messaging 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 volunteer to join their Practice Analysis Task Force. Selected participants will provide subject matter expertise to the…

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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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