The Manitoba College of Social Workers (MCSW) is mandated to establish and maintain a Continuing Competence Program in accordance with The Social Work Profession Act and its Regulation. Phase one of the program began on April 1, 2016.

The purpose of the Continuing Competence program is to promote excellence in social work practice and support the continual development of professional competence throughout Social Workers’ careers.

* Non-practicing, temporary and student registrants are not required to participate in the Continuing Competence Program.

ONGOING CONTINUING COMPETENCE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Beginning April 1, 2016, Practicing Social Workers are required to complete 75 hours of Continuing Competence activities over a three-year reporting period to include the following:

  1. A minimum of 40 hours of Formal Activities within the three year reporting period
  2. A portion of the 40 hours of Formal Activities must include direct learning activities
    • Direct learning activities refers to professional development involving the receipt of knowledge (as opposed to sharing knowledge/delivering education through field practicums or workshop/classroom delivery)
  3. Training specific to the registrant’s area of social work practice
  4. Knowledge of cultural diversity and the pluralistic nature of Manitoba
  5. Knowledge of and skills related to indigenous peoples, including their history, culture and spirituality
  6. Knowledge about social and economic justice issues, including systemic barriers and causes of social needs and problems
  7. Knowledge and skills in working with communities and groups

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*        EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2017, ALL NEW REGISTRANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE MCSW ETHICS AND STANDARDS E-LEARNING WORKSHOP WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR OF REGISTRATION IN THE PRACTICING CATEGORY

Content Specific Workshops

CONTENT SPECIFIC, 8-HOUR WORKSHOP REQUIREMENTS

During the first year of registration with MCSW and every five (5) years thereafter, Practicing Social Workers must participate in a combined 8 hours of workshops approved by MCSW that include each of the following topics:

  • Social Work Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice
  • Social Work with Indigenous Peoples

The 8-hours of workshops may be included in the overall 75-hour/3-year requirement.

GUIDELINES FOR CONTENT SPECIFIC WORKSHOPS

Review the following document for important information regarding completion of the required Content Specific Workshop hours.

CONTENT SPECIFIC INFORMATION

Social Workers are responsible for determining their eligibility to participate in programs offered by the approved providers.

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The Continuing Competence Program is in its early stages of development. Members are encouraged to contact MCSW to request approval of workshops related to Social Work Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice and/or Social Work with Indigenous Peoples.

*        EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2017, ALL NEW REGISTRANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE MCSW ETHICS AND STANDARDS E-LEARNING WORKSHOP WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR OF REGISTRATION IN THE PRACTICING CATEGORY

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e-Learning Workshop - Ethics and Standards

The MCSW Ethics and Standards e-Learning Workshop is part of the Manitoba College of Social Workers Continuing Competence program and is available exclusively to MCSW members. During the first year after registration and every five years thereafter, practicing members of the College must participate in Content-Specific workshops that include information regarding the Social Work Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Completion of the MCSW Ethics and Standards e-Learning provides members with four (4) Content Specific workshop hours.

This online workshop includes 12 modules specifically related to the Manitoba College of Social Workers Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Review of both the MCSW Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice is required prior to completing the workshop. This document review and workshop will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete.

Workshop Registration

To register for the MCSW Ethics and Standards e-Learning workshop, please click here or use the Ethics e-Learning tab on the MCSW home page and follow these steps:

  1. Create a new account
    Your e-Learning account is separate from your MCSW member account. Please create new username and password.
  2. Confirm your account by email
    An account confirmation email will be sent to you from noreply@viewsource.ca. Please check your junk or spam folders. Contact the College at 204-888-9477 if you are unable to locate your confirmation email.
  3. Once your account is confirmed you will be able to login
  4. Read through the e-Learning outline and submit fee ($25.00)
  5. Begin the e-Learning workshop

Once registered, you can login from the MCSW website anywhere the internet is available and complete the e-Learning modules as time permits, allowing maximum flexibility. Your progress will be saved as you work through the modules.

A Certificate of Completion will be emailed directly after you have finished the MCSW Ethics and Standards e-Learning.

*        EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2017, ALL NEW REGISTRANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE MCSW ETHICS AND STANDARDS E-LEARNING WORKSHOP WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR OF REGISTRATION IN THE PRACTICING CATEGORY

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Workshop Providers

ORGANIZATIONS APPLYING FOR BOARD APPROVAL

Organizations not listed as an approved provider that offer continuing education in the content specific areas are encouraged to apply for approval of their workshops using the MCSW Approved Program Application Form. Please refer to the MCSW Approved Continuing Competency Program Providers policy before applying.

Continuing Competence Approved Program Application Form
Approved Continuing Competency Program Providers policy

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Categories of Activities

CATEGORIES OF CONTINUING COMPETENCE ACTIVITIES:

Formal activities are defined as, and limited to the following activities relevant to the practice of social work (Section 17(2) of the Social Work Profession Regulation):

  • participating in certificate programs;
  • attending conferences, seminars, conventions, workshops and lectures;
  • interactive webinars/e-learning;
  • attending cross cultural training;
  • attending workplace in-service training;
  • participating as a student or lecturer of university or college courses;
  • delivering a presentation as part of a university or college course, conference or seminar;
  • acting as a field instructor for the University of Manitoba, l’Université de St. Boniface or Booth University College social work programs (maximum CCP 10 hours per year);
  • researching issues related to the practice of social work and publishing research results;
  • volunteering with community social service organizations in a direct service capacity;
  • volunteering as a board or committee member for a community agency related to social work or attending meetings of a board or a committee related to social work;
  • participating as a member of a committee or chapter of the Manitoba College of Social Workers;
  • attending the Annual General Meeting of the Manitoba College of Social Workers

Informal activities are defined as, and limited to the following activities relevant to the practice of social work (Section 17(3) of the Social Work Profession Regulation):

  • reading journals, books or internet material;
  • viewing videos and webcasts;
  • attending community presentations and learning sessions;
  • participating in organized group discussions;
  • preparing a learning plan for the Manitoba College of Social Worker Continuing Competence Program

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Reporting Requirements

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Social Workers registered in the Practicing category in any given year, or portion thereof, are required to report continuing competence activities annually in order to renew their registration.

* Practicing Social Workers must meet the overall requirements (75 hours) of the Continuing Competence Program at the end of the three year reporting period established by MCSW. The first three-year period begins on April 1, 2016 and ends on March 31, 2019.

Practicing Social Workers registered for a portion of the scheduled three-year reporting period are required to complete a pro-rated number of the required 75 hours based on registration date in the Practicing category.

Members may be required to provide documented evidence of completion of CCP activities. All records relating to continuing competence activities (i.e. certificates, letters of completion, notes taken while reading, copies of Power Points, etc.) must be maintained by Practicing Social Workers for a minimum of five years, to be provided at the request of the College.

* Eligible continuing competence activities completed on or after April 1, 2015 (if member was registered at the time of completion) may be included in the first reporting period ending in March 2019.

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Tracking Sheet

This Tracking Sheet is provided as a tool for members to maintain a record of their Continuing Competence Hours. Members will be required to enter this information as part of the registration renewal process. The Tracking Sheet is for members’ use only and is not required to be submitted to the College.

All records relating to continuing competence activities (i.e. certificates, letters of completion, notes taken while reading, copies of Power Points, etc.) must be maintained by Practicing Social Workers for a minimum of five years, to be provided at the request of the College.

* Eligible continuing competence activities completed on or after April 1, 2015 (if member was registered at the time of completion) may be included in the first reporting period ending in March 2019.

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Additional Phases

ADDITIONAL PHASES

Future requirements of the MCSW Continuing Competence Program will include:

  1. Learning Plan
  2. Self-assessment

Competence is maintained and acquired through reflective practice, lifelong learning and integration of learning into practice. Practicing Social Workers will be required to complete a self-assessment and develop a learning plan with objectives to be evaluated and updated annually. These tools will be developed and provided to members in future phases of the Continuing Competence Program.

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MCSW/CASW Scholarship

MCSW/CASW SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

The CASW, in partnership with BMS and MCSW, offers scholarships to assist Social Workers to attend educational events which align with the mission and purpose of CASW/MCSW and uphold the values of the CASW/MCSW Code of Ethics. Applicants are eligible for a maximum scholarship amount of $750.00. The following application deadlines apply:

  • January 15 for educational events taking place after January 15 and within one year of February 15
  • June 15 for educational events taking place after June 15 and within one year of July 15

Scholarship Policy and Application Form

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