Social Workers and Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund

http://www.swsswpdf.org

The Social Workers and Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund provides funding for educational opportunities to social workers and social service workers who are registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

The Fund reimburses eligible costs for professional development (PD) activities that advance the skills, knowledge, practice and service delivery of social workers and social service workers in Ontario.

Priority will be given for training that supports the Ontario government’s priorities to care for Ontario’s vulnerable populations and their complex needs including; violence against women (including domestic violence and sexual violence and harassment), individuals with developmental disabilities, Aboriginal populations, French language services, and other multi-year government priorities for healthier populations including mental health, equity and inclusion, and poverty reduction.

Applications may be submitted online, faxed, emailed or mailed.

Only PD opportunities completed between September 1st, 2015 and August 31st, 2016 are eligible for funding. Applicants are limited to one application for one PD activity to a maximum of $300 per funding year. Applications will be evaluated in accordance with the objectives of the fund. Recipients must be willing to be contacted to participate in a short online evaluation survey to provide the Ministry of Community and Social Services with feedback on the fund. Funding is not guaranteed, but submit your application!

Funds will be used to pay for all or part of eligible costs related to PD activities that are relevant to professional practice that advance the knowledge and skills, including those that are related to leadership and enhance social service and health care delivery and/or the quality of social service and health care. Activities eligible for funding include: workshops, courses (including online), conferences, seminars, fees/costs associated with activities that support raising Aboriginal cultural awareness/competency skills.

The applicant must describe how the PD activity is related to the applicant's area of practice and supports one or more of the following government priorities: VAW, individuals with developmental disabilities, Aboriginal populations, French language services, healthier populations including mental health, equity and inclusion and poverty reduction.

Contact information for submissions or for any questions:

Email: swsswpdf@oasw.org or swsswpdf@gmail.com

Web: www.swsswpdf.org

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