|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|
Closure of walk-in services
In response to COVID-19 social distancing precautions, DHP’s public reception area is closed to walk-in services.. Read More.
Accelerated Temporary License - Amended June 11, 2020
Pursuant to Governor Northam’s Amended Executive Order 57 (effective June 10, 2020) - A professional counselor or a marriage and family therapist with an active license issued by another state may be issued a temporary license by endorsement as a health care practitioner of the same type for which such license is issued in another state upon submission of an application and information requested by the applicable licensing board and the board’s verification that the applicant’s license issued by another state is active in good standing and there are no current reports in the United States Department of Health and Human Services National Practitioner Data Bank. Such temporary license shall expire September 8, 2020. During such time the practitioner may seek a full Virginia license or transition patients to Virginia-licensed practitioners.
Health care practitioners with an active license issued by another state may provide continuity of care to their current patients who are Virginia residents through telehealth services. However, if they want to acquire new patients, they must apply for full licensure in Virginia or an Accelerated Temporary License as indicated above.You can access the applications here: Temporary LPC Application | Temporary LMFT Application
COVID-19 Updates from the Board of Counseling
Click here for the latest information from the board about the COVID-19 pandemic (updated April 20, 2020)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). VDH has information on the Coronavirus Disease for both healthcare professionals and the general public which is updated regularly, as new information becomes available. Read more here.
Supervisor Summit scheduled for May 14, 2020 has been CANCELED
The Board of Counseling voted February 7, 2020 to delay the implementation of the Certified Substance Abuse Counselors (CSAC) and Certified Substance Counseling Assistants (CSAC-A) continuing education requirements for 2020.
Therefore, all CSAC’s and CSAC-A’s will not be required to complete continuing education hours to renew their certification which expires on June 30, 2020.
The continuing education requirement will be effective for the 2021 renewal.
The Board has amended regulations for certified substance abuse counselors (CSAC) and certified substance abuse counseling assistants (CSAC-A).
The Board has developed a chart to help assist CSAC supervisees, CSAC, CSAC-A’s and CSAC Supervisors identify changes to CSAC and CSAC-A requirements.
Click to view a comparison chart of the changes
Click to view the new Regulations Governing the Certification of Substance Abuse Counselors and Substance Abuse Counseling Assistants (effective 2/19/2020)
The Virginia General Assembly required the Board of Counseling to promulgate regulations for the issuance of a temporary license to Residents in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and Substance Abuse Treatment.
The Board developed emergency regulations which became effective December 23, 2019. View these Emergency Regulations
The Board has developed a chart and FAQ for to help assist residents and their supervisors identify the changes and the requirements for a Licensed Resident in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and Substance Abuse Treatment.
Links to the comparison chart and FAQs are below:
Resident in Counseling comparison chart and FAQs
Resident in Marriage and Family comparison chart and FAQs
Resident in Substance Abuse Treatment comparison chart and FAQs
The Board has become aware of recent communications to licensees in Virginia and in other states that are designed to appear to be from a professional licensing board, but are fraudulent in nature. Read more.
Notification of Changes to Issuance of Licenses, Certifications and Registrations
The Board of Counseling will cease mailing hard-copy licenses, certifications, and registrations each renewal period. For those who are approved for initial licensure, certification, or registration, a permanent hard copy will be issued that contains no expiration date. This final copy should be maintained, carried, or posted in accordance with relevant applicable laws and regulations. State health regulatory boards, employers, insurance providers and citizens seeking verification of current licensure status in the Commonwealth of Virginia may obtain this information via License Lookup.
Replacement or duplicate of a final hard-copy license, certification, or registration may be requested through an individual online account..
License Verification Information
A Virginia licensee seeking to obtain a verification of his/her license, certification, or registration at no cost may do so by directing a board, employer, insurance provider or other interested parties to License Lookup. This content resource meets the accreditation standards for primary source verification from the top seven-accreditation organizations for healthcare professionals.
QMHP REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AS OF JANUARY 1, 2019.
DBHDS Regulations require all individuals providing QMHP type services be registered by the Virginia Board of Counseling. Likewise, in order for agencies to receive reimbursement by DMAS, all QMHPs must be registered with the Board of Counseling.
Information regarding the Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) registration can be found on the QMHP Information Page
Information regarding the Registered Peer Recovery Specialists (RPRS) registration can be found on the RPRS Information Page
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.
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.
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.
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.
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