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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5/7/24  6:04 pm
Commenter: Julie Sayre

Maintain the current standards

The proposed changes represent a significant decrease in the practices that have shown to produce competent therapists. I have been a clinical supervisor/instructor in a well-structured program with a rigorous curriculum; and a graduate of that program. Practicum hours provide a solid clinical foundation; individual and group supervision enhance this learning journey with guidance and support. I remember the relief in finishing my hours, and shared with many others as they happily completed their requirements. Never once in over twenty years have I heard a single practitioner assert the belief that they knew all they needed to know at 75% of completion of their contact hours (1500 vs. 2000) or halfway through their required supervision (200 hours vs 100 - i.e., weekly for a couple of years). We risk compromising clinical competence with a lowering of the licensing requirements.

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