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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 (pdf)

140-2 Impact of Criminal Convictions, Impairment, and Past History on Social Work licensure in Virginia, revised September 20, 2019 (Word)

140-3 Guidance on Technology-Assisted Therapy and the Use of Social Media, revised December 7, 2018 (PDF)

140-4-2 Possible disciplinary actions for non-compliance with continuing education, effective November 24, 2022 (pdf)

140-5 Board guidance for process of delegation of informal fact-finding to an agency subordinate, re-adopted June 15, 2018 (Word)

140-6 Advisory Board on Music Therapy By-Laws, effective May 13, 2021 (Word)

140-7 Virginia Board of Social Work By-Laws effective August 4, 2022 (PDF)

140-8 Sanctioning Reference Manual, revised January 2016 (PDF)

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

140-11 Disposition of disciplinary cases involving practicing on an expired license, revised September 20, 2019 (Word)

140-12 Guidance Document on the Practice of Conversion Therapy, effective June 15, 2019 (PDF)

140-13 Guidance on Emotional Support Animals, effective September 16, 2021 (PDF)