Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Periodic review
Action 4182
General Information
Action Summary In 2011, the Board began a comprehensive review of current regulations governing the practice of professional counseling, marriage and family therapy and licensed substance abuse practitioners. It determined that it is essential to continue the regulation of these licensed professions as mandated by the Code of Virginia, but that there are modifications necessary to clarify and update requirements. Subsequently, the Board amended Chapter 20 in response to the Governor’s Regulatory Reform Project, but did not complete its review of Chapters 50 and 60 until recently. The Board’s intent is to amend all three chapters in this action for consistency in requirements for licensed professionals. The goal of the action is to ensure accountability and competency for residents, supervisors and licensees who provide clinical services to individuals and families in need of counseling.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004067]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
6960 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 08/13/2014.
7085 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 01/29/2016.
7453 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/24/2016.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.