Many social workers have responded by adapting their practice to ensure continued client access to social work services through electronic means. Social Social workers considering practicing electronically are encouraged to review the College’s Electronic Social Work Practice Information Sheet.

Under the current circumstances, the College understands that it may not be possible for social workers to obtain written consent in accordance with Standard 5.12.  The College accepts that  social workers may be required to accept verbal consent in some instances.  If obtaining verbal consent, social workers must document this verbal consent and the reasons written consent was not obtained.  Where possible, email verification of consent would be considered best practice.

Electronic Practice Resources

https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/sites/default/files/2018-09/E_Mental_Health_Implementation_Toolkit_2018_eng.pdf

http://www.casw.bmsgroup.com/downloads/COVID-19_Telehealth-Resource_2020.pdf

https://www.socialworkers.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=fN67-dWQReM%3d&portalid=0