The Professional Practice Department contributes to the ongoing development of practice resources and oversees the Continuing Competence Program (CCP). Professional Practice staff also responds to practice inquiries from members, employers, the public and other stakeholders and presents across Ontario on a variety of topics.
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As a member of the College, you can consult with the Professional Practice Department about an ethical or practice dilemma that you are facing. The Professional Practice staff will help you to identify the Standards of Practice that are relevant in a particular scenario and that will guide your decisions. They can also direct you to other College resources, such as Practice Guidelines, and help you to identify the pertinent issues in a particular situation. You may also be encouraged to consult more widely – with your colleagues, your manager or a lawyer, for example. Your professional judgement is key in the many challenging situations which you face in your practice; practice consultations can help you make sound and ethical decisions.
Important note: Although the College endeavours to respect and preserve the confidentiality of all consultations, it may not always be able to do so because of competing legal requirements; therefore, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed in all situations.
Members and other stakeholders should be aware that Professional Practice inquiries/consultations will be documented by Professional Practice staff. Documentation from these contacts will be stored securely in the College database.
Inquiries may be made anonymously.
The Professional Practice Department delivers in-person and remote presentations across Ontario. Presentations to students focus on regulation and how to become a member of the College. Presentations to members focus on relevant practice issues, the role of the standards of practice and ethical decision-making. Additionally the Department participates in panel discussions and consultations with government and other stakeholders on topics relevant to the College mandate and to our members.
The presentation below is for students in social work or social service work programs, and new graduates who are considering whether to apply to the College.
College members can access practice resources in the College’s Resource Room.