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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6/10/20  2:54 pm
Commenter: Candice Arnold, LPC, LSATP

Strongly disagree

Working with clients with substance use disorders is a specialty.  I do not agree with this petition to allow for getting the LSATP licensure without taking the exam and meeting the additional requirements regarding hours, supervision, etc.  I believe it is imperative that therapists who work with clients with substance use disorders have had appropriate education, training and supervision prior to being licensed as an LSATP.  It is important that one has experience to be able to properly assess for substance use disorders, make appropriate recommendations for levels of care needed for treatment, know how to implement therapeutic techniques with clients and their and loved ones.  

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