Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Previous Comment     Next Comment     Back to List of Comments
5/8/24  11:40 am
Commenter: LeeAnn Gumulauskas, LPC

Support Changes

As an LPC licensed in multiple states and LPC Supervisor in Virginia and Wisconsin, I support these changes. As others have stated in their feedback, I would suggest a wording change that residents complete 100 hours of supervision, rather than "weekly" supervision, as weekly is subjective and residents see clients a wide variety of  hours in a week. 

With the improvement of education and more rigorous requirements of CACREP training, clinicians are entering the field more prepared than previously. A reduction in requirements is NOT a reduction in quality of practice. I see it as bringing Virginia in line with other states as the counseling compact becomes usable.

I would like to see:

  • 3000 hours work total
  • 1500 hours face to face/direct work
  • 100 hours of supervision (minimum of 1 per 40 hours of work)
  • Supervision by LPC trained supervisor
  • Can not complete residency/ apply for LPC in less than 2 years.
  • Successful passing of NCMHCE or  NCE
CommentID: 222612