Spring 2018

View the College’s 2017 Annual Report Online

The College’s 2017 Annual Report is now available on the College website. The theme of this year’s Annual Report is Engaging the Public. Enhancing Awareness.

The 2017 Annual Report highlights the College’s activities over the past year and includes the following:

Joint Message from the President and the Registrar
2017 Accomplishments
2017 Committee Reports
Independent Auditor’s Report

Click here to read the 2017 Annual Report….

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Spring 2018

Q&A: As an Employer, Can I Contact the OCSWSSW with Practice-related Questions?

Yes. The Professional Practice Department responds to practice inquiries from members, employers, the public and other stakeholders. The Professional Practice staff often receives questions about ethical or practice dilemmas that individuals are facing. They will help you identify the Standards of Practice that may be relevant to you or your staff in a particular situation and that will guide your decisions….

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Winter 2018

Proclamation of the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy: What You Need to Know

The College is pleased to announce that long-awaited legislative changes concerning psychotherapy were proclaimed and came into force on December 30, 2017.

What Does this Mean for Employers?

These important developments affect your employees who practise psychotherapy and/or those who wish to use the title “psychotherapist.”

As of December 30,…

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Winter 2018

Q&A: Can a Registered Social Worker or Registered Social Service Worker Perform the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy?


Yes. As of December 30, 2017, members of the College are authorized to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy in compliance with the Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998 and its regulations and bylaws.

Members must practise in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice Handbook,

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Fall 2017

Message from the Registrar

Welcome to the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers’ inaugural Employer Communiqué! Employers are important stakeholders of the College and we are pleased to be reaching out to you.

As an employer of registered social workers and registered social service workers, you have taken an important step in ensuring that your employees have met specific entry-to-practice requirements,…

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Fall 2017

Q&A: What Happens after the College Receives a Complaint?

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College) regulates the practice of social work and social service work under the provincial Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998. As part of its ongoing mandate to serve and protect the public interest, the College is required to have a formal complaints process,…

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Fall 2017

What Employers Need to Know About the College’s Complaints & Reports Processes

The College’s complaints and reports processes are an important regulatory tool the College uses to protect the public from unqualified, unfit, and incompetent social workers and social service workers.

Employers of social workers and social service workers may not be familiar with the College’s complaints and reports processes or aware that all members are held accountable to rigorous investigations and discipline processes….

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