In this workshop, participants will focus on refreshing their knowledge of Ontario Works and SAMS after returning from leave or transfer from another social services department. They will:
NOTE: This is an interactive, virtual workshop, which is different from a webinar. Participants will be expected to participate through voice and video, and to engage with each other and the facilitators in large and small group discussions, to learn from each other and practice skill development.
Case managers and staff with less than two years of experience or staff who would like a refresher after returning from leave or transfer from other social services department. Some knowledge of Ontario Works Act/Directives and SAMS is recommended.
Virtual: three-hour sessions for five days for a total of 15 hours
In-Person: two days for a total of 15 hours
Workshop Dates and Registration
All sessions in Eastern Standard Time.
February 13 – 23, 2024
Part 1: Tuesday, February 13 | 9:00 – 12:00
Part 2: Wednesday, February 14 | 9:00 – 12:00
Part 3: Thursday, February 15 | 9:00 – 12:00
Part 4: Thursday, February 22 | 9:00 – 12:00
Part 5: Friday, February 23 | 9:00 – 12:00
Registration Cut Off: Friday, February 9
Registration coming soon.
September 9 – 17, 2024
Part 1: Monday, September 9 | 9:00 – 12:00
Part 2: Tuesday, September 10 | 9:00 – 12:00
Part 3: Wednesday, September 11 | 9:00 – 12:00
Part 4: Monday, September 16 | 9:00 – 12:00
Part 5: Tuesday, September 17 | 9:00 – 12:00
Registration Cut Off: Thursday, September 5
Registration coming soon.
Members: $625 + HST
Non-Members: $813 + HST
Non-Member Education Level 1 & 2: $650 + HST
OMSSA will be hosting this virtual workshop using Zoom, an online, interactive platform that you can join straight from your web browser, or by downloading 'Zoom Client for Meetings' on your computer or tablet.
Participants will be expected to join the workshop via both video and audio. Participants should therefore have access to a desktop computer, laptop computer or tablet with:
a webcam or built-in camera
a built-in microphone or a headphone jack where you can plug in a headset or earphones
We strongly recommend that participants use a headset or earphones with a built-in microphone in order to limit background noise.
System requirements: Click here for more detailed information on system requirements from Zoom.
Participants must be able to access the SA Extranet site during this training in order to navigate Directives, Legislation and Clearinghouse.
Kirby Steinhoff has been in the employment and social services field for over 10 years, starting as a frontline crisis counsellor in a domestic violence shelter transitioning to Ontario Works case management with Norfolk County and is currently employed with Halton Region as an Integrated Case Manager. Kirby has worked as a trainer and policy developer within Halton Region and is considered a subject matter expert and has trained both front-line and supervisory staff on various SAMS modules and directives, while with Halton Region.
Kirby has completed an Undergraduate degree from Western University in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, a diploma in Human Resources from Fanshawe College and Master of Arts in Labour Studies from McMaster University with research focused on social policy, inclusion and contemporary work.
David Thomas, social assistance trainer for OMSSA has been involved in the area of policy development and training for over 15 years. He worked for the Region of Durham in policy and research until 2017 and is now an independent consultant supporting municipalities in training, change management policy development, and human services integration. Many of OMSSA's members know David from past years employed by OMSSA as a social assistance trainer and Manager of Consulting and Training. David's networking with our members has continued to build superior working relationships over the decades and David continues to develop and facilitate curriculum for OMSSA. Prior to David's policy and training development he worked several years as a Caseworker and Employment Supervisor throughout the 1980s. David has a degree in Adult Education, a diploma in Social Services and is currently working on his Master's of Education through Athabasca University.