Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
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4/30/24  2:59 pm
Commenter: Shelby DeBause

Long time supervisor, and I do not support these changes

As a person who has been supervising for 8 years, I typically see that residents need the full amount of hours of experience, hours, and supervision that are the current standards. I understand that the road to licensure is seen by many as long and challenging, but frankly, it is meant to be so that only those truly dedicated and ready to serve pass through the gates into independent licensure. I would hate to see our profession fall into lowering our standards, and urge people to think about the reputational damage this may have on counseling long term. To protect clients, clinicians, and the field itself, I warn against these changes. 

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