Private Practice Resources


To address the needs of social workers in private practice:
  • Monitor and respond to government legislation or organizational practices that have the potential to impact on practice, such as the inclusion of social workers in the Psychotherapy Act and access to the title "Psychotherapist"; and the ability to sign treatment forms under the Insurance Act.
  • Provision of information related to social work services being HST exempt.

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  • Professional Liability Insurance
    • Learn how to protect your social work practice and get insured through PROLINK insurance. If you already have PROLINK insurance and you want to learn how to renew click here. Practicing from home, learn about purchasing additional insurance known as a "Rider" click here.

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  • Online Communities
    • Online communities for social workers to share information, resources and  provide peer support. OASW offers three virtual groups for private practitioners: one for experienced practitioners; one for practitioners with 5 years or less private practice experience; and a virtual group for members working in the automobile insurance sector. 

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  • Find A Social Worker 
    • Free when professional liability insurance is purchased through PROLINK Insurance. Online directory of private practitioners.  Non PROLINK policy holders pay a low annual rate.

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  • Setting Up a Private Practice: Handbook on Setting up a Private Practice
    • The intent of the Guide (Revised 2013) is to help demystify self-employment; help you determine whether self-employment is a viable option; and to provide information that is distinctively tailored to the needs of social workers wanting to better understand the components of setting up a private practice in Ontario (e.g., developing a business plan; marketing your practice; learning about different approaches to setting fees; selecting an office space; and maintaining a client base). Membership discount.

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  • Webinars
    • Your Small Business, Getting off too a Good Start;
    • Motivational Interviewing in Social Work Practice; 
    • Setting Up a Private Practice​; and more.

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  • A Legal Guide for Social Workers, 3rd Edition (2014) by R. Solomon, Professor, Faculty of Law, and the University of Western Ontario. 
    • 190- page of highly informative information that has been tailored specifically to social work practice. The guide has been updated and expanded, covering topics such as: Consent; Substitute Consent ; End of Life Decision-Making; Liability in Negligence; Mental Health; Criminal Justice; Civil Commitment; Record-Keeping; Confidentiality; and Disclosure.

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  • Law Assist
    • Provides bilingual legal & financial referrals to OASW members for one low annual fee. Law Assist connects you to legal or financial advice at a fraction of regular lawyer fees*. Law Assist Can also refer you to a lawyer for an in-person consultation, where you may receive up to 25% off the lawyers'regular hourly rates.** For more information, visit Law Assist

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  • Professional Development & Continuing Competency
    • Membership discounts on relevant, topical and/or cutting-edge continuing educational opportunities through Leading Edge Seminars, University of Toronto Facor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work Continuing Education, OASW Publications, OASW's provincial conference; webinars; and AGMs at provincial and branch levels; plus access to articles via OASW's online journal.

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  • Motor Vehicle Accidents