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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8/29/12  12:38 pm
Commenter: Deborah Sikes, LPC, LSATP, VP Clinical Services, NCG

In Support

In working for an organization that fully supports professional development, I have increasingly seen individuals coming out of graduate programs and struggle to navigate what appears to have become a process within the DHP that is confusing, adversarial at times, and antiquated.  DHP decisions following submission of Licensure Supervision applications can be issued after 3 to 4 months time, resulting in the loss of productive supervision that many of the previous commenters have referenced. 

For these reasons, I am in support of the proposal to accept supervision provided from the time beginning within 30 days of the receipt of the application.  Each step taken to improve the process will encourage and support talented young professionals committed to career development and caring for our most vulnerable populations. 



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