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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 Ends 7/1/2015
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6/25/15  4:58 pm
Commenter: Heather Custer, New River Valley Community Services

I oppose the restriction to CACREP-approved only curricula

I oppose the proposal to limit master’s-level counselor licensure to graduates from CACREP-accredited programs only.  As a supervisor who has worked with graduates from CACREP-approved programs versus non-CACREP- approved programs, I see no qualitative difference in skill, ability, or education.  In fact, in some cases, I have had to supplement the education from the CACREP-approved programs so that the interns would be competent clinicians.  Individuals should be evaluated on their own ability and knowledge as to whether they may qualify for licensure.

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