Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Social Work
Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work [18 VAC 140 ‑ 20]
Action Reduction in CE requirement for supervisors
Stage Fast-Track
Comment Period Ended on 7/24/2019
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7/9/19  6:20 pm
Commenter: Sarah Higgins

Opposed to the changes in ongoing CEU requirements for clinical supervisors

I am a Commonwealth of Virginia Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I am currently eligible to provide clinical supervision in VA. I  am writing in opposition to the proposed reduction in ongoing continuing education requirements for supervisors.  Social work is a constantly changing field, and the thought of supervisors being able to go virtually an entire career without having to engage in continuing education related to supervision and still be providing supervision is mind blowing to me.  It is not in line with the values of other mental health professions and could have serious consequences on the quality of supervision that is received, thereby reducing the overall clinical skill level of newly licensed clinicians. Social workers have worked long and hard to be recognized as the highly qualified mental health professionals that they are. A reduction in the overall training required to be a supervisor as well as the reduction in required ongoing continuing education requirements would have a negative impact on these efforts.

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