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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10/14/19  8:32 am
Commenter: Cortney Zeigler, MA, Resident in Counseling

In Favor

I am in favor of allowing residents to be able to bill directly for services because I believe this would allow for Resident's in Counseling to gain more experience and open more opportunities for them to practice. There are currently few opportunities and most of them are community based work with QMHP's. I believe that the more opportunities residents have to provide services while under supervision while allow them to gain valuable experiences while still protecting their clients. Most counselor's are not able to get outpatient therapy experience while in their residency which makes it a more difficult transition once they are licensed. Allowing resident's to develop competency in different areas is to allow them more ways to gain experiences while under supervision. I think it should be allowed and then be up to the supervisor to monitor the resident's training and progress. 

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