Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy [18 VAC 115 ‑ 50]
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8/2/12  11:08 am
Commenter: Scott Johnson, PhD, LMFT, Director, Virginia Tech MFT PhD Program

Support for the VAMFT Petition

Dear Licensing Board members,

I am writing to support the petition from the VAMFT board to end the backlog of unresolved applications for supervision registration.   As someone who was diirectly involved in the passage of MFT licensure for the Commonwelath in 1995, it saddens me deeply to learn of the needless delays and roadblocks to entering the profession that the 2010 change in registration approval has caused.  I am deeply troubled to read that at least one supervision placement has stopped taking interns because of these delays.   That is unconscionable.  Clearly the public needs more licensed MFTs, and needs them as quickly as they can be trained and credentialed.   Please enact the changes recommended by the VAMFT petition so that developing clinicians are expeditiously reviewed and MFT services are available to the public in proportion to the many who wish to serve them.

Scott Johnson, PhD, LMFT 249

Fromer President, VAMFT

Former President, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Approved Supervisor, AAMFT

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