Comments Needed Against Virginia CACREP-Only Regulations for Future Licensed Counselors!

Dear LCPCM Members:

Virginia is about to enact a regulatory change that would only permit CACREP graduates the right practice mental health counseling in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you disagree with this regulatory change, the Virginia Board of Counseling is accepting comments for 30 days at
http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/comments.cfm?stageid=7071

Veteran practitioners are generally given reciprocity in Virginia after practicing for 5 years in Maryland, but the greater concern is the potential negative perception of non-CACREP and counseling psychology graduates that may follow this change. It seems to emphasize an unproven belief that non-CACREP and counseling psychology graduates are inferior in their educaitonal preparation.
Larry Epp, LCPC

President, LCPCM