Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
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10/13/19  7:49 am
Commenter: Danielle McDowell, Resident in Counseling

In Favor

As a current resident who is navigating the process towards licensure, I am in favor of accepting payments for counseling services. Unlicensed counselors are working towards developing the skills for counseling and some are also interested in learning the private practice side as well. This opportunity to manage money helps residents to learn the business part of counseling as well for private practice. I’m grateful that my supervisor continues to educate me regarding the additional skill sets and would appreciate the board’s approval of allowing me to manage the money for the services that I provide as I work towards my licensure. Lastly, I am aware of colleagues in the field in other states who accept money and have not seen how that ability has challenged their abilities to learn the counseling skills while managing the income piece as well. I’m grateful for this dialogue and the opportunity to consider making this change, thanks for your consideration. 

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