Professional Advocacy

The Professional Advocacy Committee addresses issues of discrimination toward counselors in reimbursement or hiring.  

Dear Debi:

Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center prides itself on being an equal
employment opportunity employer, but discriminates against licensed
professional counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists in
its employment advertisements. Both the Director of Clinical Services
and the Program Coordinator for the Partial Hospital Program positions
are advertised as requiring an LCSW. Licensed professional counselors
have credentials equal or superior to those of LCSW's. (Licensure for an
LPC in Virginia requires 60 graduate semester hours in 13 core areas;
4000 hours of supervised experience; 200 hours of face-to-face
supervision.) Many local LPC's admit patients to Virginia Beach
Psychiatric Center and would likely be disheartened to find that they
are not eligible for employment within the hospital.

I hope that you will review the concerns of the Virginia Association of
Clinical Counselors with your marketing director and medical director,
and reconsider your employment policies. I look forward to sharing your
response with our membership.

Michael E. Nahl, LPC
VACC Professional Advocacy Chair
(757-714-4762)

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 16:30

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently informed NBCC that it has indefinitely postponed the creation of a federal occupational series for professional counselors. NBCC responded immediately and sought congressional assistance.

An occupational series is a government classification that establishes the minimum qualifications for federal employees and authorizes agency-wide employment. A series is necessary to ensure the federal government employs counselors in positions that reflect their education, training and scope of practice.

Read more: Advocacy Update - Federal Recognition of Professional Counselors

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 June 2014 11:37

March 22, 2012

Ms. Catherine Chappell
Acting Executive Director
Virginia Board of Counseling
Perimeter Center 
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 
Henrico Virginia 23233-1463

 

Dear Ms. Chappell:

Thank you for your letter of March 7, 2012, in which you respond for the Board of Counseling in regard to the VACC request to easily access information as to the nature of the exam we took when licensed.  We had requested that such information be posted on the website, as there have only been two or three different exams over the years, but the Board commented that we needed to request such information from the Board at $25 per request. We hope that the Board will reconsider.

We do not need licensure verification or test scores – we simply need to know which version of the written test we took.  The Board could save its staff a great deal of time and work by putting this information on the website. And judging by the greeting when one calls the Board, the Board office appears to be sorely understaffed as it is. There are logistics to consider. Many will call or e-mail for the information. Someone will then have to respond with a request to put into writing what they want and send a check for $25. Then the staff will have to deposit a check, write a letter advising of the name of the written test for that year (they would have to be coached to know that information, as it may not be apparent from the written tests in the files).  Even if VACC helps the Board by putting a notice on the website specifying exactly how to ask for the information, we would have to know the name of the tests used so that we can advise our members, and we would need guidance on the way requests should be written to get the exact information they need.  Moreover, not every LPC is a VACC member.

In our opinion, the Board is creating a great deal of unnecessary work for its staff and the licensees it oversees.  Please reconsider – put on the Board website which years it has used the NCMHCE as its written licensure exam!

Sincerely,

 

 

Michael E. Nahl, LPC
Communications Committee Chair

_____________________________________________________________________________________

P.O. Box 7066 Virginia Beach, VA 23457

757-456-1279  www.vacc.org

Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013 21:52

December 29, 2011

Virginia Board of Counseling
Perimeter Center 
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 
Henrico Virginia 23233-1463

Dear Board Members:

 

TRICARE recently amended its standards to allow for independent practice of Certified Mental Health Counselors (“CMHC’s”).  In addition to other criteria, one must demonstrate that they have taken the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE).  Virginia has used different exams over the years, and Virginia LPCs will need to know if they took this exam or another.

VACC, the state branch of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, would ask you to put this information on your website, and also respond to this letter with the information.  We will disseminate the information to our members through e-mail and on our website (www.vacc.org), thus saving your staff some of the trouble of answering individual calls and e-mails.

Sincerely,

 

Michael E. Nahl, LPC

Communications Committee Chair

 

_____________________________________________________________________________________

P.O. Box 7066 Virginia Beach, VA 23457

757-456-1279  www.vacc.org

 

Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013 21:52
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