03-September-2021 Ministry of Health Mask Use in Health Care Facilities
15-July-2020 Continuing Professional Development Changes Due to Impact of COVID-19
15-May-2020 Message to Health Professionals from the PHO
15-May-2020 Update Providing In-person Community Care in British Columbia During COVID-19
15-May-2020 WorkSafeBC In-Person Counselling: Protocols COVID-19 Returning to Operation
15-May-2020 Guidance Providing in-person community care during COVID-19
08-May-2020 BC’s COVID-19 Restart Plan
20-April-2020 BC Association of Social Workers Webinar Self-Care During the COVID-19 Emergency
The BC Association of Social Workers is hosting a webinar Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 beginning at 7:00 pm. The webinar will focus on self-care during the COVID-19 emergency. Presenter Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW will offer practical strategies for coping with stress, increasing resilience and preventing burnout.
This webinar is free for members of the BC Association of Social Workers. Members are asked to register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Self-care webinar” in the subject line.
There is a non-member registration fee of $25. The online registration link can be found here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/5815870059158/WN_rckKBugnRQKmdJKjzjscJg
06-April-2020 COVID-19 Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care Resources
29-March-2020 BC Ministerial Order Enables Broader Use of Tech in COVID-19 Response
A new ministerial order under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) enables the broader use of communications tools for health-care workers and other public-sector staff who are responding to the COVID-19 state of emergency.
Ministerial Order No. M085
23-March-2020 – COVID-19 Information and Resources
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it is important that registered social workers remain current with developing public health information, recommendations and orders.
Governments at all levels and Canada’s public health experts are strongly encouraging the use of widespread social distancing.
The safety of social workers, their clients and the general public is of utmost importance. If social workers are around others, they should ensure that they are following the health and safety protocols recommended by government and public health authorities.
Social workers who have questions about how to provide services safely should speak to their employer or contact public health authorities. It is recommended to regularly seek current information regarding the COVID-19 public health situation and current health safeguarding actions.
Websites providing COVID-19 information include:
23-March-2020 Electronic Social Work Services
Social workers engaging in electronic social work services should thoroughly review the BCCSW Technology Standards of Practice, the BCCSW Standards of Practice and applicable privacy legislation. Social workers should be confident that they can practice competently and in accordance with the best interests of their clients.
Social workers using, or considering the use of, electronic social work services should review the British Columbia College of Social Workers Technology Standards of Practice found at this link:
The BC Provincial Health Services Authority has developed a COVID-19 Virtual Health Toolkit found at this link:
Note that regulatory requirements vary across provinces, states and countries. Registered social workers, who reside in British Columbia and provide services to clients in other jurisdictions, are responsible for knowing the registration requirements where the client resides. Many jurisdictions require social workers to be registered within that jurisdiction to provide services and may require different levels of registration depending on the nature of the social work practice. Further information can be obtained by contacting the appropriate regulatory agency.