Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Petition 299
Petition Information
Petition Title Allowing counselors with doctoral degrees to supervise with less than two years of experience
Date Filed 5/23/2019    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Aimee Brickner 
Petitioner's Request

Amend the qualifications for supervision to allow a licensed counselor to supervisor residents without the two-year post-licensure clinical experience requirement, if the licensee has completed a doctoral level supervision course or doctoral level supervision internship as a part of the completion of a doctoral degree .

Agency's Plan

In accordance with Virginia law, the petition will be filed with the Register of Regulations and published on June 24, 2019 with comment requested until July 23, 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 August 16, 2019, 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.

Comment Period Began 6/24/2019    Ended 7/23/2019
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 5/23/2019
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 6/24/2019     Volume: 35  Issue: 22
Agency Decision Take no action    
Response Date Petition result not yet submitted for Publication.      
Agency Decision Summary

At its meeting today, the Board discussed the request to amend regulations and voted not to initiate rulemaking.  The Board agreed with the commenters that training in supervision and a doctoral degree is not an adequate substitute for significant clinical experience to understand the depth and capacity of the counseling process.


Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
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