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Guidance Documents

The Code of Virginia requires annual publication of lists of guidance documents from state agencies. A guidance document is defined as "...any document developed by a state agency or staff that provides information or guidance of general applicability to the staff or public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations..." Agencies are required to maintain a complete, current list of all guidance documents and make the full text of such documents available to the public.

Copies of the following documents may be viewed during regular work days from 8:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the offices of the Department of Health Professions, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Henrico Virginia 23233-1463 . Copies may also be downloaded by clicking on the links below or from the Regulatory Townhall at www.townhall.virginia.gov or requested by email at coun@dhp.virginia.gov. Questions regarding implementation of these documents or requests for copies may be directed to Jaime Hoyle, Executive Director of the board at the address above or by telephone at (804) 367-4610. Copies are free of charge.

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115-1.1: Possible Disciplinary or Alternative Actions for Non-Compliance with Continuing Education Requirements, revised May 1, 2015

115-1.2: Bylaws, revised January 27, 2017

115-1.4: Guidance on Technology-Assisted Counseling and Technology-Assisted Supervision, revised November 13, 2015

115-1.5: Sanctioning Reference Points, revised January 2016 (pdf)

115-1.8: Examinations approved by the Board for Certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor, adopted September 11, 2015

115-1.9: National Certifications approved by the Board for Certification as a Substance Abuse Counselor by endorsement, adopted August 19, 2016

115-2: Impact of Criminal Convictions, Impairment and Past History on Licensure or Certification

115-5: Guidance for Conduct of an Informal Conference by an Agency Subordinate of a Health Regulatory Board at the Department of Health Professions

115-7: Supervised Experience Requirements for the Delivery of Clinical Services for Professional Counselor Licensure, revised November 13, 2015

115-8: Approved Degrees in Human Services and Related Fields for QMHP Registration, adopted November 3, 2017

115-2 Newsletters

115-2.1: 1987. Resolution that hypnosis is an appropriate counseling tool, an opinion that the term “psychotherapy” can be used by licensed professional counselors, and guidance in the use of educational credentials and unlicensed counselors.

115-2.2: Guidance on participation by substance abuse counselors in interventions, revised November 13, 2015

115-4 Minutes of Board Meetings

115-4.1: Evidence of clinical practice for licensure by endorsement, adopted August 7, 2009

115-4.3: Hours in an internship applied towards residency, adopted February 19, 2010

115-4.11: Board guidance on use of confidential consent agreements, adopted February 27, 2004