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Welcome!

We’re thrilled to welcome Ontario Social Workers and Social Service Workers to our Resource Hub. This Hub is designed to provide asynchronous support and resources to Social Workers (SW) and Social Service Workers (SSW) who are members of the SW and SSW in Long-Term Care (LTC) Community of Practice. Use the navigation panel underneath the Group’s header graphic to access the different sections of this space.

This initiative is a collaboration between the Ontario CLRI at Bruyère and Family Councils Ontario. We offer a collaborative and supportive space where LTC SWs and SSWs can share their knowledge and expertise with their peers and learn together. The Hub is a place where members can:

  • Come together asynchronously to discuss different topics related to SW and SSW practice in LTC, including best practices, challenges, and new developments;
  • Access meeting materials all in one place (previous meeting summaries, upcoming meetings, Terms of Reference for the group);
  • Find resources, including toolkits, articles, workbooks, links to relevant organizations and legislation, and professional development opportunities, to help members stay up-to-date and access information and tools relevant to LTC SW and SSW practice in Ontario.

Our aim is to enhance the quality of person- and family-centred care by supporting members and promoting collaboration and knowledge-sharing. We believe that by working together and supporting each other, we can make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve, and enhance the quality of life in LTC. We’re excited to have you here and look forward to working together to make a difference!

Background

The SW and SSW Community of Practice was founded in May of 2020, in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effort to create opportunities for SWs and SSWs in LTC homes to come together, discuss impacts of COVID-19 on resident quality of life, relevant practice related issues, and share resources and strategies. The initiative builds on the work of Family Councils Ontario from 2018, Supporting Families in LTC: Exploring Family and Staff Perspectives, which identified an interest among SWs and SSWs in LTC in being better connected with their peers.

The group has continued to meet on a monthly basis, and membership has grown consistently. We now have over 110 registered members, and our live virtual meetings tend to get around 40 attendees.

Membership

Membership is open to members of the Social Workers and Social Service Workers in LTC Community of Practice. To be a member of the Community of Practice, individuals must be Registered as a Social Worker or Social Service Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and currently working in an Ontario long-term care home. SW and SSW students in Ontario are also welcome.

Terms of Agreement

Members are expected to follow all guidelines of the Hub listed below:

  • Engage in respectful dialogue with other members, refraining from posting inappropriate contents and keeping all discussions confidential.
  • Members are encouraged to participate in Hub discussions and share their knowledge and expertise on various topics related to social work and social service work practice in long-term care. Members must vow to respect each other’s thinking and value everyone’s contributions.
  • All discussions and content shared on the Hub will be confidential and only accessible to members of the Hub.
  • The Hub reserves the right to terminate membership for any member who violates the Resource Hub’s Guidelines or behaves inappropriately towards other members.
  • The Hub will be updated regularly with the new resources and discussions to keep members up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the field.
  • Members are encouraged to provide feedback on the Hub’s resources and discussions to help improve the Hub and ensure that it meets the needs of its members.
Upcoming Sessions
EventDate / Time
Community of Practice MeetingThursday, January 18, 2024, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Community of Practice MeetingWednesday, February 21, 2024, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Community of Practice MeetingThursday, March 21, 2024, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Community of Practice MeetingWednesday, April 10, 2024, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Community of Practice MeetingThursday, May 16, 2024, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Organizing Committee

Karin Adlhoch (she/her)
Continuing Sessional Instructor, York University School of Social Work

kadlhoch@yorku.ca

Michelle Fleming (she/her)
Senior Knowledge Broker,
Ontario CLRI at Bruyère

mfleming@bruyere.org

Liane Pelissier (she/her)
Client Services Manager, Family Councils Ontario

liane.pelissier@fco.ngo

Peace Serwaah (she/her)
Program Assistant,
Ontario CLRI at Bruyère

pserwaah@bruyere.org

Natacha Dupuis (she/her)
Bilingual Outreach Manager, Family Councils Ontario

ndupuis@fco.ngo


Land Acknowledgement

In line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and in the spirit of decolonization, we acknowledge the land on which this Hub was developed and the team that worked on it is located is on the traditional, and unceeded territories of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. We are deeply grateful to all of the generations of people who have taken care of this land – since time immemorial.

Members of this Community of Practice are gathering virtually from across the province, and we are all on Indigenous land.

Land Acknowledgements provide us an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment, and responsibility in improving relationships between nations and to improving our own understanding of local Indigenous Peoples and their cultures. Participating in a Land Acknowledgement is an important way to recognize the resilience of the Indigenous peoples across Canada and to reflect on our privileges as settlers. Land Acknowledgements also are a way to acknowledge the ongoing and historical impacts of colonization, discrimination and generational trauma resulting from the residential schools. It is only by acknowledging truth that we are able to advance efforts towards reconciliation.

Explore this resource from Behavioural Supports Ontario to learn more about Land Acknowledgements, and consider how you may be able to integrate them into your practice:

Questions? Contact Peace Serwaah, Program Assistant, at pserwaah@bruyere.org.