Practice Notes is a regular feature in the College’s newsletter Perspective. It 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 Complaints Committee that may affect everyday practice. The notes offer general guidance only and members with specific practice inquiries should consult the College, since the relevant standards and appropriate course of action will vary depending on the situation.


Consent and Confidentiality

“Setting the Table” – Issues to Consider When Initiating Client Conversations
Meeting Professional Obligations and Protecting Clients’ Privacy: Disclosure of Information Without Consent
Confidentiality and Disclosure of Information without Client Consent
Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest

Boundaries

The Slippery Slope to Sexual Misconduct: Be Informed, Be Aware
Dual Relationships: Ensuring Clients Best Interests Are Paramount
Dual Relationships: Approach with Caution
Boundary Violations

Professional and Ethical Practice

Professional, Ethical, Qualified, Accountable: The Benefits of Registration
Supervision: At the Core of Competent and Ethical Practice
The Inter-professional Team – Asset or Encumbrance?
The Importance of Professional Judgment
Incorporating Adjunct Techniques – What Are The Considerations?
Where Do I Stand?: Understanding the Relationship Between the College and Your Employer
Work Stoppage: Guidelines for Members of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers 

Competence

The Standards of Practice and the Continuing Competence Program – What is Their Relationship?
“But How Do I know If I’m Competent” – Issues to Consider
Standardized Measures – Am I Qualified to Use Them?

Private Practice

The Question of Third-Party Billing
Private Practice: The Cost of Doing Business
Self-Employment: Look Before You Leap

Relationship with Clients

Clients and Client Systems
Assessment and Goal Setting – Etched in Stone or Moving Target?
Early Endings – Addressing the Challenges of Termination

Documentation

New and Improved? Making the Shift to Electronic Records
The Broken Record

Technology

Communication Technology and Ethical Practice: Evolving Issues in a Changing Landscape
Social Media and Practice: Protecting Privacy and Professionalism in a Virtual World


If you have a professional practice question, please email the Professional Practice Department or call 416-972-9882 or 1-877-828-9380.