|11/25/2019 9:18 am
Date / Time filed with the Register of Regulations
VA.R. Document Number: R____-______
Virginia Register Publication Information
Transmittal Sheet: Response to Petition for Rulemaking
Initial Agency Notice
||Board of Counseling
||Elaine J. Yeatts
||Department of Health Professions
9960 Mayland Drive
Richmond, VA 23233
|18 vac 115 - 50:
||Regulations Governing the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
State: Chapter 35 of Title 54.1
|Date Petition Received
||David and Suzanne Mikkelson
To amendment section 18VAC115-50-55 to reduce the required internship number of hours
of experience with couples and families from 200 of the 240 to 120 of the required
In accordance with Virginia law, the petition will be filed with the Register of Regulations
and published on October 14, 2019 with comment requested until November 13, 2019.
It will also be placed on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall and available for comments
to be posted electronically.
At its first meeting following the close of comment, which is scheduled for February
7, 2010, the Board will consider the request to amend regulations and all comment
received in support or opposition. The petitioner will be informed of the board's
response and any action it approves.
||10/14/2019 (comment period will also begin on this date)
|Comment End Date
Take no action
|Agency Response Date
Agency Decision Text
The Board reviewed all comments and discussed the request at its meeting on November
While Board members expressed an understanding of the challenge that the requirement
can present, it reiterated the need for someone seeking a license as a marriage and
family therapist to have significant direct client contact with couples and families.
Therefore, its decision was to not initiate rulemaking.
In adopting proposed amendments resulting from an overall review of regulations,
the Board has proposed to allow a person who was unable to complete all required hours
in an internship to make up the deficient hours in his or her residency. Once the
proposed regulations are finalized, that may alleviate the problem some applicants