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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7/8/19  5:14 pm
Commenter: John Holtkamp

Oppose reduction in Social Work Supervision requirements

It is my understanding the Virginia Board of Social Work has proposed changes in the regulations which govern the practice and supervision of Social Work licensees in the Commonwealth of Virginia:

1.) Reduce the training hours necessary to be a Social Worker Supervisor from 14 to 12,

2.) Eliminate the need for any follow up training . . . ever.

The Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers opposed this proposal:

1.) Social Work supervision must be current, reflective of issues developing in the field. It is not a static field.

2.) Quality of Supervision requires routine 'refresher' courses. To eliminate this expectation sets practitioners up for failure and the clients they serve for harm.

Social Workers have struggled to achieve parity with other behavioral health professions. This regulation undermines that effort.

Thank You!


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