Professional Practice

OASW provides a strong voice for the profession related to professional practice. Unlike other organizations that address sole practice issues, conditions, labour issues or sectors, OASW addresses the entire range of practice issues that impact on the profession and examines the interconnected nature of these issues and emerging trends across practice areas. 

Key issues OASW tackles include:

  • Promoting awareness of the important and varied roles carried by social workers
  • Supporting promotion within the profession itself through the development and distribution of materials for Social Work Week
  • Monitoring and responding to government legislation and program implementation that directly or indirectly impinges on our scope of practice
  • Proactively promoting the inclusion of social workers as opportunities emerge such as the funding of 150 Family Health Teams across the province and development of positions for Professional Practice Leaders in hospital settings. 

Regulation of Psychotherapy and Psychotherapists   
As a result of a highly successful lobbying campaign led by OASW, social work members of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) were included in the Psychotherapy Act, 2007.   

Inclusion of Registered Social Workers in Legislation, Regulations and Programs  
As part of its Government Relations Strategy, OASW is actively lobbying government for the inclusion of social workers in legislation, regulations and programs from which they are currently excluded and which pose barriers to their practice.
Coalitions, Alliances & Partnerships