Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Social Work
Regulations Governing the Practice of Music Therapy [18 VAC 140 ‑ 30]    (Under Development)
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description SB633 and HB1562 of the 2020 General Assembly required the Board of Social Work to promulgate regulations governing the practice of music therapy. The Code specifies the requirements for board certification offered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists or any successor organization will be considered as qualification for licensure as a licensed music therapist. The Board will adopt additional requirements similar to other licensed professions for a fee structure, renewal or reinstatement, continuing competency, supervision of persons in training, and standards of practice.
State Authority 54.1-3709.1 , 54.1-3709.2 , and 54.1-3709.3
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To licensure persons as music therapists who have demonstrated qualification by education, training, and examination.

To establish requirements for continued competency in the practice.

To set standards for the practice of music therapy to protect patients.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)367-4441    FAX: (804)977-9915    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Initial regulations for licensure of music therapists Proposed Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status