|Virginia Board of Counseling|
| Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico Virginia 23233-1463
Phone: (804) 367-4610
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:15 to 5:00
|Other Citizen Services|
Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia
On November 21, 2016 Governor McAuliffe issued a News Release stating that State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine has declared Virginia’s opioid abuse crisis a Public Health Emergency in the Commonwealth.
Growing number of Zika virus cases reported in Virginia
Primarily a mosquito borne disease, the Zika virus is most impactful in warmer seasons when illness can be transmitted by insects carrying the virus from one person to another. In fact, 15 cases have been reported in the Commonwealth as of May 12, 2016. Maintaining a keen awareness for the transmission and treatment of Zika virus infection is an imperative for healthcare practitioners. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) offers a variety of related information and tools on its website.
The Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioners will be updated effective August 24, 2016.
Final regulations (with changes shown) can be found at the Virginia Register of Regulations site.
These changes are particularly important for those applying for residency or licensure and those providing supervision to others.
Below are few important changes included in the new Regulations. (Please note that the Regulations Governing Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioners now closely mirror the Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling.)
Please make sure you review the full list of final changes as this announcement does not include all changes.
- Changes in residency for LPC, LMFT and LSATP licensure:
- You must complete your residency in no less than 21 months and no more than four years. If you were approved to start your residency before August 24, 2016, you must complete your residency by August 24, 2020. If you do not complete your residency within four years, you must submit evidence to the board showing why your supervised experience should be allowed to continue. Extensions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
- Changes to supervisory qualifications:
- For LPC and LMFT licensure, your supervisor must hold an active, unrestricted license as a LPC or LMFT only, in the jurisdiction where the supervision is being provided. For a Resident in Counseling, at least 100 of the supervision hours must be supervised by a LPC. For a Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy, at least 100 of the supervision hours must be supervised by a LMFT. Previously approved supervisors who are substance abuse treatment practitioners, school psychologists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, or psychiatrists can provide supervision until August 24, 2017.
- For LSATP licensure, your supervisor must hold an active, unrestricted license as a LPC or LSATP only, in the jurisdiction where the supervision is being provided. Previously approved supervisors who are marriage and family therapists, school psychologists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, clinical nurse specialist or psychiatrists can provide supervision until August 24, 2017.
- Changes to residency requirements for LPC licensure:
- Up to 20 hours received during the supervised internship may be counted towards the 200 hours of in-person supervision, if your supervision was provided by a LPC.
Licensure Application Changes (Exam and Endorsement Only):
- For LPC, LMFT or LSATP licensure, a current self-query report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) is required which is an electronic information repository to ensure that applicants do not have any adverse actions related to a health care practitioners licenses/certificates. This is to be submitted at the time of a new application for licensure only.
- Pending applicants previously approved to take the examination or applying by endorsement should submit this by mail, email or fax as soon as possible to be included with their file.
- Changes to examination time limits for LPC, LMFT and LSATP licensure:
- If approved to sit for the examination, you must pass the exam within two years.
- If you don’t pass the exam at the end of the two years:
- The initial approval to sit for the exam will become invalid; and
- You will need to submit a new application with the board, meet the requirements in effect at that time, and provide evidence of why the board should approve you to retake the examination.
- If approved for the exam the second time and you do not pass within two years allowed, a new application will not be accepted.
- Changes to coursework requirements for LPC licensure:
- If you wish to count your internship hours in excess of 600 hours towards your residency, your internship must obtained after completing at least 30 graduate semester hours.
APPLICATION AND SUPERVISION REVIEWS
Staff is currently reviewing the LPC, LMFT and LSATP applications and registrations that were received in September. If you submitted a complete application or additional documentation prior to September 1st, please email your status request to the board at firstname.lastname@example.org. For applications received on or after September 1st, a status will not be provided as these requests delay the application review process. Please continue to check here for ongoing updates.
Important Notice – New Law Requiring Posting of License
Legislation passed by the 2015 General Assembly requires:
Any person licensed by the Board and operating in a nonhospital setting shall post a copy of his license in a conspicuous place. The posting shall also provide clients with (i) the number of the toll-free complaint line at the Department of Health Professions, (ii) the website address of the Department for the purposes of accessing the licensee's record, and (iii) notice of the client's right to report to the Department if he believes the licensee may have engaged in unethical, fraudulent, or unprofessional conduct.
Please note that the license issued by the Board of Counseling has the required information printed on it, so posting a copy of your license in a conspicuous place (such as in a frame in the reception area or in the room in which you see clients) should satisfy the requirements of the law.
2016 Examination dates can be found here
The Residency Experience
The purpose of the residency period is to train the residents to become fully functioning independent professional counselors. Click here to read more about Counseling Residency.
Licensing Exam Test Scores: Because some insurance panels are now requiring verification of licensees’ examination scores, a copy of your test results can be obtained by either submitting a written request to the Board office for official verification (with accompanying $25 fee) or by contacting the testing vendor (NBCC) directly at 336-547-0607.
Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses
Virginia law allows active duty service people or their spouses who are deployed outside the U.S. to have an extension of time for any requirement or fee pertaining to renewal until 60 days after the person’s return from deployment. The extension cannot last beyond 5 years past the expiration date for the license. For more information, please read attached policy and contact the applicable board for your license.
Address of record
Section 54.1-2400.02.B of the Code of Virginia requires the Department of Health Professions (DHP) to collect an official address of record from each health professional to be used by DHP for agency purposes. The Code also requires DHP to provide an opportunity for a health professional to provide a second address for the purpose of public dissemination. If there is no second (public) address provided, the official address of record will be used as the public address for the purpose of public dissemination. If the health professional would prefer that his/her address of record remain confidential, then an alternative public address must be provided to DHP. (Note: the License Lookup feature on the DHP public website does not contain the full address. However, public addresses are available by contacting Virginia Interactive Premium Service or the Board.) An individual is not required to submit a place of residence for either the official address of record or the public address. A post office box or a practice location is acceptable.
Changes to either address may be made at the time of renewal or at any time by written notification to the Board. Changes to the address of record may also be made at any time by accessing your licensure information through the online system. Any change that is made to one of the addresses does not automatically update the other address. Address information should be kept current for the address of record and the public address (if different from the address of record) at all times.
Online Licensing - Licensees can now renew a license, change an address and request a duplicate license online. Rehabilitation Provider license types can now renew online.
Continuing Competency requirements apply only to Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioners.
Duty to Report Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation - More
The Adult Protective Services Program at the Virginia Department of Social Services is pleased to announce the availability of a new online educational opportunity for mandated reporters of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older or incapacitated individuals. This online training course has been developed for, and with the assistance of, mandated reporters and APS professionals to assist mandated reporters in understanding adult abuse and their responsibilities as mandated reporters. Read More...(word .doc)
Laws & RegulationsKeep in the know about important laws and regulations:
Laws and Regulations Governing Counseling
Laws Governing All Health Professions
Forms and Applications
Download the available forms and applications
from the Virginia Board of Counseling.
View examination information and dates for Licensed Professional Counselor applicants and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist applicants.
List of the Professions regulated by the Board.
Board of Counseling CalendarView the Board of Counseling Calendar of upcoming Board meetings and minutes from past Board meetings.
View the current Members of the Board of Counseling