We’re a member-driven organization. College committees members volunteer their time to help guide and support our programs and services.

Are you a registered social worker interested in joining a committee below?  Earn a max. of 20 professional development hours, connect with colleagues and contribute to your College! Contact us.

The College’s Candidacy Committee works together to define the scope of the Candidacy program and its role within self-regulation. This committee also :

  • Identifies the needs of various stakeholders as they relate to the Candidacy program;
  • Examines the areas of the program that need revamping and revitalizing;
  • Designs a program structure and content;
  • Formulates key messages for stakeholders of the Candidacy program;
  • Monitors and evaluates the Candidacy program to ensure a high standard.

The College’s Social Justice Committee acts as the eyes and ears of all that is unfair to people who are on the receiving end of policies, programs, and practices that prohibit them from being fully engaged in their self-determination. This committee also:

  • Critically explores understanding and application of social justice.
  • Builds the capacity of community-based organizations working towards achieving socio-economic justice.
  • Develops partnerships with various stakeholders (specifically the private sector) to achieve socio-economic justice.
  • Develops a framework with practical steps to help social workers integrate social work as a central element of their practice

This committee helps the profession to be seen as a critical partner in the promotion of social justice for all in Nova Scotia.

The College’s Professional Development committee identifies and reviews existing PD programs and activities as well as potential PD opportunities at the provincial, regional and community level. They also:

  • Organize meetings/workshops to explore the understanding of professional and skill development among social workers as well as associated barriers and attendant issues.
  • Help to re-define professional development programs and activities for Nova Scotia social workers.
  • Develop guidelines to help social workers formulate their professional development portfolio and goals.

The College’s Private Practice Committee identifies the existing criteria and process for the purpose of PHO/ MSW private practice social work in the province of Nova Scotia. They also:

  • Identify the strengths and gaps of the existing process and criteria;
  • Construct recommendations on changes to process and criteria as needed
    and provide education to Board of Examiners on proposed recommendations;
  • Identify current supports, resources, and supervision to private practitioners;
  • Identify insurance companies that do not cover social work services;
  • Report on the valuable role of private practitioners in Nova Scotia;
  • Create an insurance coverage advocacy plan with College staff and an awareness package on the promotion of private practice social work services in the province of Nova Scotia.

The College’s Policy & Advocacy Committee’s defines the narrative the College uses to capture its policy stances. They also:

  • Identify the policy areas that the College should develop a clear concise alternative policy for;
  • Work with researchers to develop a policy framework;
  • Formulate an advocacy strategy with clear tactics;
  • Monitor and evaluate impact of advocacy.

The College’s Governance Review Committee works together to:

  • Identify the College’s strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats;
  • Analyze the strengths and gaps of current Governance model;
  • Examine alternative governance models and practices that can be adapted to our realities and align with the new amendments;
  • Selects the College’s policy governance model and revise policies and practices;
  • Designs a new policy governance manual, strategic plan and update bylaws and regulations accordingly.

The College produces a quarterly magazine, Connection, to share social work stories, research, new developments and more. The Editorial Committee reviews all submissions prior to publication to ensure they fit within the editorial guidelines. The committee also:

  • Identifies the theme for each issue by assessing current social work and social justice topics, issues and feedback from members;
  • Provides feedback and suggestions for change based on previous issues;
  • Reaches out to potential contributors for the magazine.
  • Provides additional views and clarity on articles in case of conflict or confusion;
  • Encourages their colleagues to read and contribute to Connection magazine to readers and subscribers and encourage writers to submit work with high-quality standards.

See the Committee meeting minutes here under Public/Council Committee Minutes.