Ambassador program (colleges)

The association empowers the profession of social service work by connecting and collaborating with the public college system or ‘Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology’. The social service work profession is exclusively educated and trained within the public college system. There will be two models for college membership with the association, known as the ambassador program. This program will onboard faculty and student representatives from respective public colleges across Ontario in which a social service work programs, or equivalent programs, as deemed by the regulator, are delivered. Ambassadorship is the key for students, faculty and the colleges themselves to have access to the associations benefits, award system, the ‘voice’ journal, membership and overall input/participation with the profession of social service work.

The ‘voice’

The association empowers the profession of social service work by publishing a distinct and unique social service work academic journal in partnership with the ambassador program. This journal will be an academic journal, published bi-annually. The association empowers the social service work field through research and by enhancing scholarship of social service workers, students, and employers. ‘The voice’ will be published by the association, in collaboration of its partners, and supported by the association’s college ambassadors, and a variety of different association members. The voice will aspire to share scholarly knowledge that improves the social service work profession, social services, social policy, and the overall social welfare system.

2SLGBTQIA+ and BIPOC

The association empowers the profession of social service work by recognizing the systemic oppression and lived discrimination, experienced by those who identify and intersect the black, Indigenous, people of colour and queer communities (two-spirited, lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and other sexual or gender identities). The association will work to empower the voices and narratives of these people, communities and social service workers, to showcase the strength, resilience and capacity of social service work and how the profession works to support vulnerable clients and communities. In addition, the association will work with its stakeholders and ambassador network, to develop training materials as related, to be shared between members of the association.

‘Call to action’

The association empowers the profession by recognizing and acknowledging that the social service work profession, along with a variety of other helping professions, have contributed to harming Indigenous people, families, and communities, either directly or indirectly. As the voluntary professional association and the one voice of the profession of social service work, we commit to recognizing and acknowledging these harms, apologizing for these harms, and working with Indigenous peoples and communities by learning and practising culturally appropriate ways of helping and using legal and social justice for all. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada ‘Calls to Action’ under the legacy and child welfare section, specifies, call to action one, subsection (iii): ensuring that social workers and others who conduct-child welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the history of impacts of residential schools. subsection (iv): ensuring that social workers and others who conduct child-welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the potential for Aboriginal communities and families to provide more appropriate solutions to family healing. The calls to action document, specifies the use of the term ‘social worker’. The association recognizes the profession of social service work title exists in relative isolation in particular provinces/territories as either (regulated) or non-regulated. However, members of the profession of social service work may directly work within the child-welfare system. The association will assume, that social service work is deemed equivalent to social work for the purposes of this call to action. Thus, the association will work to address this call to action with its social service work stakeholders.