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VIRGINIA STATE CREDENTIALING1State Credentialing Board Research ProjectGrand Canyon University: PCN-505Christii Culbertson
VIRGINIA STATE CREDENTIALING2State Credentialing Board Research ProjectAccording to the National Board for Certified Counselors (2016), “a state license is literally permission from a particular state to practice counseling or to call oneself a licensed counselor”. The specific names of state licenses differ from state to state, but the most common titles are: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). The purpose of a state licensure is “to protect the public by defining practitioners who can legally use the title of a licensed counselor and/or who can provide counseling services in a particular state” (NBCC, 2016). State boards have been formed for each state in order to ensure that all counselors are practicing under a current license as well as meet all state and federal (as applicable) requirements. This project paper will cover information about the state board of Virginia and its attributes to the world of counseling.The state board of Virginia is known as the Virginia Board of Counseling (Virginia Boardof Counseling, 2018). It is located at Perimeter Center which is located on 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 in Henrico, Virginia (Virginia Board of Counseling Staff Directory, 2018). The missionof the Virginia Board of Counseling is “to ensure the delivery of safe and competent patient care by licensing health professionals, enforcing standards of practice, and providing information to healthcare practitioners and the public” (Virginia Board of Counseling Guidance Documents, 2017). “The Virginia Board of Counseling is charged with promulgating and enforcing regulations governing the licensure and practice of professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and substance abuse treatment practitioners, and the certification and the certification and practice of substance abuse counselors and rehabilitation providers in the Commonwealth of
VIRGINIA STATE CREDENTIALING3Virginia” (Virginia Board of Counseling Guidance Documents, 2017). The Virginia Board of Counseling (2018) states that “the Board may issue a license, without examination, for the practice of marriage and family therapy or the independent practice of substance abuse treatment to persons who hold a current and unrestricted license as a professional counselor within the Commonwealth of Virginia and who meet the clinical and academic requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist or licensed substance abuse treatment practitioner, respectively”. The board also has “the authority to investigate possible violations of a Board’s basic law” and “enforce these laws by revoking, suspending or restricting a license if a violation is proven” (Virginia Board of Counseling Guidance Documents, 2017).