While the public health emergency under the Public Health and Promotion Act has ended, social workers in all fields of practice must keep abreast of changes and continue to follow public health guidelines.
For the latest information on COVID-19 as well as public health guidance, please visit https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/. Additional trusted and credible sources of information are also listed below. NLCSW will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and will update this page with information relevant to social work practice.
Electronic Social Work Services
The electronic social work practice section on our website contains information for both social workers and clients -
A self-assessment guide is also available to help social workers evaluate their practices in relation to informed consent. This guide contains user friendly checklists that social workers can use in designing an informed consent template. A checklist focused on technology use as it pertains to informed consent is included. The guide can be accessed by clicking here. BMS, exclusive broker for the CASW’s Professional Liability Insurance Program, offers a Consent to Use Electronic Communications to Provide TeleHealth Services Template. This template provides guidance as to the type of information that should be considered in the informed consent process.
NLCSW has developed an Interjurisdictional Social Work Practice FAQ and Practice Guidelines document. This document addresses some of the most frequently asked questions and provides guidance for social workers in NL who are interested or engaged in the provision of social work services across jurisdictions.
Mental Health Resources
There are various resources available to help protect your mental health:
- Mental Health Crisis Line (24 Hours): 1-888-737-4668
- Crisis Text Line: Text Talk to 686868
- CHANNAL Peer Support Warmline (9 am to 12 am): 1-855-753-2560
- Doorways Program - for hours of operation call 752-4903
- Managing Stress During the Pandemic
- Strategies for Building Psychological Resilience
- Self-care for Social Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Podcast)
- World Health Organization Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19
Links to various community organizations can be found under the resources and links section of our website.
Sources of Information regarding COVID-19:
Please consult the following websites for the latest information:
- Government of NL
- Regional Health Authorities
- Health Canada
- Canadian Association of Social Workers
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization