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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5/8/24  2:53 pm
Commenter: Nettia Banton

Partial Support of Changes

I am a current resident and at the end of my residency. I support the first two items on the petition:

  1. Reduce the total required residence hours from 3,400 to 3,000
  2. Reduce residency client contact hours from 2,000 to 1,500

I do not support the third change mentioned:

  1. Change supervision requirements from a minimum of 200 hours to a requirement for weekly supervision with no minimum.

I think this requirement is too restrictive, and does not align with the practical experience for many residents. I think the standing requirement is better suited for residents to obtain supervision proportionate to clinical practice. Also, if the client contact hours are reduced, I would suggest also reducing the required supervision hours as well (possibly to 185 hours).

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