Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Social Work
Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work [18 VAC 140 ‑ 20]
Action Reduction in CE requirement for supervisors
Stage Fast-Track
Comment Period Ended on 7/24/2019
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7/17/19  10:09 am
Commenter: Virginia State University

Oppose Fast Tracking Process

I strongly oppose the Fast Tracking process for the Reduction of Supervision CEU.  Reducing the required hours, eliminating the five-year time frame for training prior to initial registration along with eliminating the five-year CEU requirements for Social Work Supervisors would undermine the credibility of the social work profession.  Supervision is the most significant gatekeeping mechanism in place that ensures that professional standards and quality of services are delivered by competent social workers.  Therefore, supervision provided by trained and competent supervisors who stay abreast of the vastly changing dynamics in today's society, especially the healthcare system is an essential and integral  part of the training and requirement for the development of  skillful professional social workers.

The proposed regulatory change and initiative is a controversial proposal with the potential for some very deleterious repercussions. I highly recommend that this Fast Tracking Process for the Reduction of Supervision CEU be revisited for broader feedback from those whom this change would impact immensely.  

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