Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Action Requirement for CACREP accreditation for educational programs
Comment Period Ended on 7/1/2015
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6/1/15  3:28 pm
Commenter: John Norris, LCPC LGADC, Penumbra Counseling

Objection to proposal

Hello,  Please accept my objection to the CACREP only requirement proposed by the VA board.  I currently practice in Maryland but would like to have the freedom to practice in Virginia as well. I graduated from a very prestigious university with a degree in Counseling but it was not CACREP accredited. I don't believe that the accreditation is the mark of highly skilled counselors, but rather a highly regulated school. If this passes, many highly talented and skilled counselors will not be able to serve people in need in Virginia. The field of counseling needs more clinicians, not less. The long and arduous path of licensure in Virginia (and all states) already prepares applicants to be fully-competent counselors while eliminating those who are not proficient enough for the field. Please strike down this proposal.

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