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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8/22/12  11:22 am
Commenter: Rebecca Gleed

Support for Petition

I fully support this petition.  I moved to Virginia after completing my MA at Syracuse University in MFT.  I have been highly discouraged with Virginia's slow and difficult process.  In NY State, residents are able to contact the board within 24-48 hours with application questions while those in VA often never receive a returned call or email from The Board.  This causes significant anxiety as residents are dependent on the board for professional decision making. 

For example, I have tried multiple times to contact the board in order to confirm that my additional coursework will comply and have not received a return call in over 9 months. I am risking thousands of dollars by taking additional courses which 'I believe (after scrutinizing the regulations)' will comply with Board Requirements.  It also took nearly 9 months before receiving approval to begin residency hours.  This process is in need of serious change.

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