College Publications


The official member publication of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

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The College regularly distributes eBulletins to members with news updates and information regarding College activities.

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Practice Notes

Practice Notes is designed as an educational tool to help Ontario social workers, social service workers, employers and members of the public gain a better understanding of recurring issues dealt with by the Professional Practice Department and the Complaints Committee that may affect everyday practice.

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Use of Title and Holding Out Provisions

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Relevant Articles

College Response to the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee Report (June 2018)

Domestic Violence Death Review Committee Report Response (February 2017)

Medical Assistance in Dying: What Are My Professional Obligations?

The Duty to Report under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017

Testimonials Did You Know

The Retirement Homes Act, 2010: Duty to Report

Bill 14, Access to Justice Act

Titles and Designations

QA On Skype

Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice Handbook

The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice Handbook sets out minimum standards of professional practice and conduct for members of the OCSWSSW.

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Practice Guidelines

The Practice Guidelines contain information and practice advice which should be considered by members of the College. The guidelines are developed to assist members and employers in interpreting and applying the College’s Standards of Practice in specific areas.

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ETHICS→A: Ethical Decision-Making Tool

The College has developed an ethical decision-making tool named ETHICS→A in order to assist members in considering the issues and applying their professional judgment in particular scenarios.

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Scopes of Practice Paper

The objectives of this paper are to assist members and employers in understanding the purpose of a scope of practice statement, the scopes of practice of the two professions, the distinctions between them and the relationship between the scope of practice statements developed by the College and job descriptions developed by employers for members of the College.

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Use of the Title “Doctor”

This article is intended to provide members with general guidance about the use of the title “doctor”.

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