For Registered Social Workers in Private Practice

Excise and GST Exemption Interpretation REVISED July 2016

In summary, clinical services provided by registered social workers can be claimed as a medical expense on income tax.  BCASW suggests using the term for clinical social work services on the receipt.

Clinical social work services are not subject to GST.

bms (insurance) Considerations When Resuming Practice

Considerations for private practice -WAIVERS OF LIABILITY

CASW Private Practice Portal

The Canadian Association of Social Workers Private Practice Portal for Social Workers is now available. As a member of BCASW you have access to CASW resources.  There is a wealth of information to help social workers begin, grow, diversify, and even close a private practice.

This portal is an express lane to the information every RSW private practitioner needs.  It organizes content gleaned from reliable provincial, national, and international sources, giving you a world of information at your fingertips.

The content is broken down into sections, including:

· How to Get started · Minimizing risk

· Defining your services

· Promoting your services

· Delivering services

· Generating additional income

· Health and wellness

· Professional development

· Closing your practice

The CASW Private Practice Portal will answer questions from taxes and insurance coverage to choosing your office location. 

Small Business BC
Useful information, training and networking opportunities for BC enterprises. They have useful info on their webpages on registering new businesses.

Women’s Enterprise Centre
Resources for businesswomen and entrepreneurs in BC (those already in business and those starting) including information, training courses and startup loans.

Promoting Inclusion of Social Work Counselling in Workplace Group Benefit Plans

Here are suggestions about what social workers can do to promote the coverage of Social Work services in their own workplace benefit plans – plans which cover thousands of employees and their families throughout the province. If you would like brochures on this topic for distribution, contact BCASW.

BCASW members who are Registered Social Workers and who carry professional liability insurance can post their private practice information on BCASW’s directory of social workers in private practice in British Columbia. Here is how to post your practice.

Cheque Overpayment Fraud

The overpayment scam has been around since the start of commercial internet services. BCASW has been informed that this scam now targets counsellors.

The scam can be deceptive due to specific details given in email interactions. An email request sent by way of a counsellor’s website may request service such as “from a mother looking to set up counselling for her daughter who was going to be coming to —- as an international visitor/student”. A list of dates and times for appointments are requested. The next email will say that an overpayment has mistakenly been made on the cheque which is en route. A request is made to deposit the cheque and return the overpayment.


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