OCCI: first meeting with a professional order
On November12, the APTS met with the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ) to discuss the impact of using the OCCI (computerized clinical treatment pathway tool) on service accessibility and professional practice in social work. We focused on the extremely cumbersome administrative process involved in using this tool and the increased workload that it entails. We also raised questions about its relevance in certain cases.
The professional order shares our concerns on the clinical front, and sees the OCCI as an accountability tool that provides no value-added in social work. It is concerned about the next generation of personnel in the public sector, and is worried that there will be a marked exodus to the private sector where the less arduous conditions of practice are more attractive. The public sector is increasingly favouring a logic of standardization and uniformity that is incompatible with professionals’ aspirations.
In the next few months, we will be presenting our case to other professional orders concerned by the OCCI, such as the order for occupational therapists.