The Voice of Social Work in Ontario
Differences BetweenAssociation (OASW) and College (OCSWSSW)
Why Join OASW?
OASW in Action
Board of Directors
How Social Workers Are Regulated
Where Social Workers Work
Social Work Education
Important Information about Coverage of Social Work Fees (EAP, 3rd-Party Payments)
Social Workers in the News
Social Work Myths
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Benefits and Services for Social Workers
Why Students Should Join OASW
Private Practice Benefits for Social Workers
Professional Liability Insurance for Social Workers
Employment for Social Workers
OASW Conference 2012
Psychotherapists and Counsellors in Private Practice
Renewing Your Membership
This Year's Theme
Suggestions for Agency Events
Suggestions for School Social Work Events
History of Social Work Week
Social Work Quiz
Social Work Jr. Quiz
Consults a Social Worker?
Should I Consult a Social Worker?
Where Do Social Workers
Do I Need a Referral to See a Social
Social Work Services Covered by OHIP?
What If I Have a Complaint Against a Social
Who Consults a Social
People from all age groups and all walks of life consult social
workers. Social workers provide services to individuals, couples,
families, groups, communities and corporations.
Why Should I Consult a Social
People consult social workers when they are going through a
difficult period in their personal, family and work life. Social
workers help identify the source of stress or difficulty, help
people to develop coping skills and find effective solutions to
their problems, offer various forms of counselling and therapy, and
mediate between conflicts.
Social workers provide the majority of counselling and
psychotherapy services in Ontario.
Social workers provide a variety of services, including:
Social workers practice in a wide range of settings,
Many social work positions are funded directly or indirectly by
governments (municipal, provincial or federal). Other social
workers work for agencies funded by voluntary donations. A growing
number of social workers are independent or private
To find a social worker in private practice in your area, visit
To access public services:
Do I Need a
Referral to See a Social Worker?
No, but you may wish to discuss this issue with your doctor who
can certainly refer you to a social worker. In some cases, this may
allow you to receive coverage under an extended health plan.
Are Social Work Services
Covered by OHIP?
In general, social work services are not covered by OHIP;
however, the services of social workers who work in agencies are
often available at no charge to clients or on a sliding scale.
Examples of publicly-funded organizations are schools, hospitals,
community agencies, children's aid societies and family service
organizations. To access public services, check your local
telephone listings under "Social and Human Service
Social work services provided by private practitioners are
billed by the hour. They may be covered under a private health plan
or employee group benefits plans. More and more insurance companies
will cover social work services in individual policies or group
health plans if asked to do so. If social work is not currently on
the list of professional services covered in your insurance plan,
ask that it be added.
What If I Have a
Complaint About a Social Worker?
The practice of social work in Ontario is regulated by the
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
(OCSWSSW). All OCSWSSW members are subject to a Code of Ethics and
Standards of Practice. If you have concerns about the conduct or
actions of a social worker in Ontario, contact the College directly
for information regarding the complaints process or visit www.ocswssw.org.
If you need help:
Click on www.FindASocialWorker.ca to find a social worker in private practice.
To access a list of community information and referral services across Ontario, visit www.211ontario.ca.
In the Toronto area, dial "211" or visit www.211toronto.ca.