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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5/6/24  9:29 pm
Commenter: Kristi

Do Not Support Lowering Standards

The standards set are to ensure that people entering the field are ready to work safely, ethically, and independently.  The hours required give residents the opportunity to explore different areas and populations as well as to become proficient in various therapeutic modalities.  This training is to certify that clients have experienced therapists to work with.

Additionally, the field of counseling has been working hard to be seen as having skills and knowledge commensurate with social workers and other similar fields.  Lowering standards will not help us to establish equitable training and skill sets.

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