Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Action Resident license
Stage Final
Comment Period Ended on 6/9/2021


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5/27/21  1:29 pm
Commenter: Gerard Lawson

Support for Temporary Licnese/Residency Regs

I support these Final Resident License Regulations. Thank you for the good work meeting the needs of the citizens of the commonwealth, and providers under the BOC. 

CommentID: 98877

5/28/21  9:55 am
Commenter: Renee Staton


I support these regulations and appreciate your work throughout this process.

CommentID: 98883

5/28/21  11:33 am
Commenter: Joshua Redding


As a recent LPC within the last 10 years, I fully support the ability of residents to be licensed in a restricted capacity to provide services. This measure will:

  1. Allow them to make a living wage upon graduating (many of us work in lower paying positions on the hope of free supervision)
  2. Make the profession more attractive
  3. Ensure that residents can afford quality clinical supervision
  4. Promote residents finding residencies in specialties they are passionate about so they don't become disenchanted and leave the profession. 

Overall, this is a win for our clients and public health as a whole. 

CommentID: 98884

5/28/21  12:13 pm
Commenter: Marie Harris, Battlefield Counseling Centers

Do not support change in regs on Changing Supervision

I feel it is wrong not to allow a Resident in Counseling to change places of work or Residency Supervisor.  Most of the time, this situation is brought on by something out of the control of the Resident in Counseling.

All new changes should be effective to begin at a future date, not to affect current Residents in Counseling.

Thank you, 

Marie Harris, 

Resident in Counseling

under the supervision of Faith James, PhD, LPC

CommentID: 98885

5/28/21  12:31 pm
Commenter: Dan Towery MA ThM LPC CSOTP

Regarding residents confirming the training of their supervisors

I am a trained LPC and CSOTP and have been practicing for about 12 years in the state of VA. For about 10 years I have supervised residents in counseling. I have my credentialling etc. on the VA Board of Counseling website - available for those who are searching for a supervisor of their residency. I do NOT favor the board allowing residents to demand that their supervisor has completed the requirements for becoming a supervisor of residents in this state. I have completed all that training and it is listed on the board web site for the residents to view. I have no desire to add that additional responsibility to my plate. If for some reason the potential resident has a question - let them inquire of the board if the supervisor has completed the training  requirements. If the board had not already verified the supervisor met the training requirements, why would their name be listed on the board of counseling website in the first place? Thank you.

CommentID: 98886

6/9/21  7:24 pm
Commenter: Cynthia Favret, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Do Not Support Licensure of Residents in Counseling

There are already too many folks in this field doing testing without the necessary education and training. Adding licensure that will enable residents to do testing is unacceptable. 

CommentID: 99038