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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10/22/19  2:17 pm
Commenter: Nicole J. Low M.Ed, NCC, PPS, Resident in Counseling

In Favor

I am strongly in favor of changing the VA Board Regulations, to enable Residents in Counseling to accept payments directly from clients. As others have stated, this eliminates the challenge of securing a supervisor to bill through; which are few and far between, it allows the Resident more flexibility in scheduling clients (i.e. no specific days to work) and to maintain a living wage. Other states permit graduates in our situations to bill clients directly via granting them graduate licensure (Ex. LGPC, Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor- Maryland) and they can also bill insurance- at the time of writing this Blue Cross Blue Shield does (also in Maryland) while under supervision. Taking away this complication will help more Residents that choose this route accomplish their goal of licensure more smoothly.

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