Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Petition 202
Petition Information
Petition Title Art therapist as supervisor for residents
Date Filed 2/5/2014    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Jacqueline Biggs 
Petitioner's Request

To amend qualifications for supervisors of residents to include art therapists.

Agency's Plan

In accordance with Virginia law, the petition will be filed with the Register of Regulations and published on March 10, 2014 with comment requested until April 9, 2014.  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, scheduled for May 9, 2014, the Board will consider the request to amend regulations and all comment received in support or opposition and decide whether to initiate rulemaking.

Comment Period Began 3/10/2014    Ended 4/9/2014
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 2/5/2014
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 3/10/2014     Volume: 30  Issue: 14
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 5/14/2014
Decision Publication Date Published on: 6/16/2014     Volume: 30  Issue: 21
Agency Decision Summary

While the members of the Board of Counseling appreciate the role of art therapy in counseling, it is not a licensed profession and therefore not subject to the statutory and regulatory authority of the Board.  There is no license on which to rely for competency, so anyone could claim to be an "art therapist” and register to supervise a resident.  Many art therapists are licensed professional counselors and, in that capacity, are currently able to supervise a residency. Therefore, the Board  voted to deny the petition and will not amend its rules accordingly.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Catherine Chappell  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, 23233
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