NASW Virginia representing over 3,000 socialworkers supports this petition. We have supported the boards previous efforts to create this level of licensing. Social Work is the only mental health profession in Virginia that does not license supervisees. Social Work must be brought into parity with all other Behavioral Health Boards. This will also align the Commonwealth with 80 percent of the states including the District of Columbia, that require licensure for Supervisees in Social Work.
This will also position Virginia to join the interstate compact effort that is being lead by the Department of Defense.
The result of this petition will bring clarity to the various levels and scopes of practice for both the public and the emerging workforce.