Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
This action is part of the regulatory reform initiative.
Regulatory reform changes
Action 3929
General Information
Action Summary Amendments will clarify requirements for applicants and students to better understand the regulatory criteria for licensure. Les restrictive requirements include: 1) deletion of requirement for a transcript in applying for licensure if one was already submitted for approval of a residency; 2) reduction in the clinical practice required for licensure by endorsement (24 months in past 60 months versus five of the past six years) if the applicant does not meet equivalent education and experience requirements; 3) allowance for use of real-time visual technology to be used to meet requirement for face-to-face supervision; 4) deletion of specific requirements for an internship, such as hours of on-site supervision and completion of 30 hours prior to initiation; 5) inclusion of local governmental agencies, such as community service boards, as continuing education providers.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [003596]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 10/16/2012
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
6519 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/03/2014.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.