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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8/8/12  4:44 pm
Commenter: Maureen Smith Bethea, LMFT

Support for petition
Gaining experience as a resident is difficult with the current rules and regulations. Currently, therapists and supervisors are receiving the consequence for the lack of response from the Board. This has come in the form of residents being unable to count viable work experience, unending waiting and constant resubmitting of paperwork, as well as the failure to gain employment due to placements inability to wait months and months for their new employees to be approved due to the Board’s lengthy process. The approval waiting time being 6 months to over a year makes beginning employment impossible all while valuable time, income, and experience is lost.
As a resident, the process of submitting paperwork was disheartening. The idea that the Board has an unlimited amount of time to review applications with no obligation the residents or supervisors regarding response time or consistency is negatively impacting new therapist’s faith in the Board and the MFT community.
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