Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Petition 210
Petition Information
Petition Title Degree program requirements to include CACREP accreditation
Date Filed 6/18/2014    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Gerard Lawson 
Petitioner's Request

To require graduation from a clinically-focused counselor preparation program accredited by CACREP or an approved affiliate of CACREP that includes a minimum of 60 semester credits (90 quarter hour credits) of curricular experiences and a practicum of at least 100 hours and an intership of at least 600 hours.  Allow a grandfathering of programs that meet current requirements for seven years from the effective date of the regulations.

Agency's Plan

 In accordance with Virginia law, the petition will be filed with the Register of Regulations and published on July 14, 2014 with comment requested until August 13, 2014.  It will also be posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall and available for electronic comment.

At its first meeting following the close of comment, which is scheduled for September 19, 2014, the Board will consider the request to amend regulations and all comment received in support or opposition.

Comment Period Began 7/14/2014    Ended 8/13/2014
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 6/18/2014
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 7/14/2014     Volume: 30  Issue: 23
Agency Decision Initiate a regulatory change [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 9/22/2014
Decision Publication Date Published on: 10/20/2014     Volume: 31  Issue: 4
Agency Decision Summary

At its meeting on September 19, 2014, the Board discussed the request to amend regulations and all comment received.  The Board voted to submit a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) to initiate rulemaking and receive further information and comment.  Once the NOIRA is approved by the Governor, it will be published and a 30-day comment period will be opened.

Associated regulatory action Requirement for CACREP accreditation for educational programs
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Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine J. Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, 23233
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