Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Petition 341
Petition Information
Petition Title Credit for client contact hours during internship in counseling
Date Filed 3/24/2021    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Dawne Sherman 
Petitioner's Request

To allow all face-to-face client contact hours accrued during the supervised graduate internship in excess of the minimum required 240 direct client hours to be counted towards the 2000 total required direct client contact hours required for residency.

Agency's Plan

The petition will be posted on Townhall and published in the Register of Regulations on April 12, 2021 with comment requested until May 12, 2021. The petition and all comments received will be considered at the first meeting of the Regulatory Committee scheduled after the comment period on August 6, 2021. The Board will receive a recommendation from the Committee and decide whether to initiate rulemaking at its meeting on August 20, 2021. 

Comment Period Began 4/12/2021    Ended 5/12/2021
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 3/24/2021
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 4/12/2021     Volume: 37  Issue: 17
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 8/23/2021
Decision Publication Date Published on: 9/13/2021     Volume: 38  Issue: 2
Agency Decision Summary

The Board considered the petition at its meeting on August 20th and decided it would include amendments to the internship and residency requirements in the adoption of final regulations relating to its periodic review. The amendments will specify the proportional hours that could be counted as face-to-face. However, in practice, those hours are already being applied to a residency.

For example, a person who completed 659 hours in an internship with 296 face-to-face hours was credited with 59 hours (the number in excess of required 600 hours) towards the residency and 56 hours (the number in excess of required 240 hours) was credited towards the 2,000 hours of face-to-face client contact. While the regulation does not currently specify how those excess hours are applied, an applicant is currently receiving the credit.

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