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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 Ends 7/1/2015
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6/1/15  1:52 pm
Commenter: Kenneth Williams, VA LPC #989

Don't eliminate qualified and experienced professionals!

While I haven't practiced in Virginia for a number of years, i was among the first one thousand counselors to be licensed in the Commonwealth in the 1980's (I have allowed my VA licence, #989, to become inactive since my practice has been only in Maryland for a number of years now).  I'm embarassed by the seeming short-sightedness of the Virginia board in considering - in fact, seeming to push for - the requirement that licensees be graduates of programs which are approved by "CACREP or an approved affiliate of CACREP." 

My graduate program predates CACREP; my Virginia and Maryland licenses predate CACREP.  I believe the Virginia board and the counseling profession are quite capable of evaluating the quality of an individual's preparation to serve as a counselor without becoming part of the political flood tide of the CACREP-Only forces!

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