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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 or requested by email at 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) 367-4441. Copies are free of charge.

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140-1 Board guidance on use of confidential consent agreements, effective November 24, 2022

140-2 Board guidance on Impact of Criminal Convictions, Impairment, and Past History on Social Work licensure or registration in Virginia, revised September 20, 2019

140-3 Board guidance on Technology-Assisted Therapy and the Use of Social Media, effective February 2, 2023

140-4-2 Board guidance on Possible Disciplinary or Alternative Actions For Non-compliance with Continuing Education, effective November 24, 2022

140-5 Board guidance on Conduct of an Informal Conference by an Agency Subordinate of a Health Regulatory Board at the Department of Health Professions, re-adopted June 15, 2018

140-6 Board guidance on the Advisory Board on Music Therapy, effective May 13, 2021

140-7 Virginia Board of Social Work Bylaws, effective August 4, 2022 

140-8 Behavioral Science Boards Sanctioning Reference Points Instruction Manual, revised January 2016

140-9 Content for Training on Supervision for Clinical Social Work, effective May 13, 2020

140-11 Virginia Board of Social Work Disposition of Disciplinary Cases Involving Practicing with an Expired License revised September 20, 2019

140-12 Virginia Board of Social Work Guidance Document on the Practice of Conversion Therapy, effective June 15, 2019

140-13 Board of Social Work Guidance on Emotional Support Animals, effective September 16, 2021

Virginia Board of Social Work
Jaime Hoyle, Executive Director
Canek Aguirre, Citizen Member, Chairperson