The mentorship process is designed to decrease professional stress and provide the candidate with nurturing conditions that complement their success and encourage self-efficacy.
The mentorship process focuses on professional concerns and ethical tensions related to practice experience in order to support candidates develop a greater understanding of social work philosophy, become more self-aware, and refine their knowledge and skills. It is a process of critical reflection, in supporting the candidate in developing and refining their framework for practice inclusive of our Standards of Practice and Codes of Ethics guiding documents.
The mentorship process is designed to decrease professional stress and provide the candidate with nurturing conditions that complement their success and encourage self-efficacy. Mentorship is underscored by a climate of safety and trust, where candidates can develop their sense of professional identity.
The process is distinct from administrative supervision that social workers commonly receive from their employer. Administrative supervision is the implementation of administrative methods that enable social workers to provide effective services to clients. Administrative supervision is oriented toward agency policy or organizational demands and focuses on a supervisee’s level of functioning on the job and work assignment.
Once an applicant has completed all of the requirements of an accredited degree, they can apply for registration with the College. The registration process is outlined here. Once your application is complete it will be presented to the Board of Examiners for approval.
i. As a social worker candidate, you have the same rights and privileges as a Registered Social Worker (unless specifically set by the Board of Examiners).
ii. This entitles social worker candidates to practice within the defined Scope of Practice as articulated in section 5(a) of the act.
Notification of the Board’s decision is e-mailed to you within a week after the decision. In addition, your name is added to the Register of Social Worker Candidates.
Once an applicant is registered with the NSCSW as a Social Worker Candidate (SWC) they can move forward with the candidacy process.
Candidacy hours are time spent developing and fulfilling the candidate's learning agreement. These begin once the candidate's mentor has been approved by the College, at their first monthly meeting.
See ‘Selecting a Mentor’, ‘How Often Do We Meet’, and ‘Reports’ sections for further details with regards to beginning and tracking candidacy mentorship and experience hours.
For assistance with your registration process please contact:
Ogo Okechukwu - Applications and Renewals Administrator
Telephone: (902) 429-7799 Ext: 221