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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8/28/12  11:17 am
Commenter: Sarah S. Briggs, LPC, RPTS

In support of the petition

I would like to express my support of this petition.  I have been a supervisor of residents working toward their LMFT and LPC for the last 11 years.  Many of those residents have been graduates of the same reputable Marriage and Family Therapy program.  Over the last few years, I have become increasingly concerned with the licensing process that they are enduring.  In my experience, these residents are entering into the field with enthusiasm and excitement only to be met with frustrating obstacles.  These obstacles are not clinically related but Board related.  I agree with my colleagues sentiment in these posts and am impressed with the variety of proactive ideas that have been generated.  One of the issues that has been the most frustrating, in my experience, is the descrepency in each applicants burden to legitimize their graduate program and coursework.  My hope is that once a program has been reviewed and approved to have met certain educational requirements there would be no need for future applicants to continue justifying the same program.  It seems that this has only created more work for the applicants and I would assume the Board. 

I am sorry to say that for the first time in 11 years I will not be supervising a resident.  The current state of the superisory application process has made it impossible for me to hold a resident position for the length of time needed to gain supervisory approval.  I am hopeful that some of the ideas mentioned in the comments of my colleagues will be implemented and this process will be improved.

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