Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioners [18 VAC 115 ‑ 60]
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6/8/20  7:18 am
Commenter: Eric McClerren

Strongly oppose

I'm in favor of giving those with an LCSW a path toward addiction certification. We need more competently trained professionals to treat this population. However, I have to oppose the petition the way it currently stands. As Sharon Watson pointed out in her comment, it is possible for an individual to receive an LCSW credential without one single hour of addiction-specific training. To give someone a certification to treat addiction with no actual training in how to treat addiction would put many lives at risk. I would be in favor of any petition amended to include requirements for training in substance abuse treatment in line with what is required for LPC and LSATP.

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