Board of Counseling
Laws and Regulations
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- Final regulations (with changes shown) that became effective 8-24-2016
- Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling (3-9-2017)
- Regulations Governing Certified Rehabilitation Providers (2-8-2017)
- Regulations Governing the Certification of Substance Abuse Counselors and Substance Abuse Counseling Assistants (2-8-2017)
- Regulations Governing Marriage and Family Therapists (3-9-2017)
- Regulations Governing Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioners (3-9-2017)
- Public Participation Guidelines - Revised 1-12-2017
- Regulations Governing Delegation to an Agency Subordinate - Effective 8-10-2005
- Click here to obtain a Petition for Rule-making. If you would like the Board to consider amending one of its regulations or rules, you may file a “petition for rule-making”. The Board is required to publish your petition in the Virginia Register to begin a 21-day comment period on the request. At the end of the 21 days, the Board must issue a written decision on whether it will grant or deny the petition. A copy of the petition form is provided. You may email the petition to the address below, fax it to the number on the form or mail it to the Board address.
- There are no emergency regulations in effect at this time.
By law, the persons licensed as health care practitioners
have a duty to report to the Virginia Department of Social Services or the
local departments of social services any known or suspected incidences of
abuse, neglect, or exploitation of children or elderly and incapacitated
adults. Contact information and a copy of the law may be obtained at: Legal
Requirements to Report Child Abuse and Adult Abuse