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Dear VACC Members and Colleagues:


Thank you for your support of us through your dues, but please help us by serving on the Executive Board. We have three meetings a year on a Friday, and a retreat. You will have the pleasure of shaping the clinical counseling profession in Virginia and developing your leadership skills. And, your service nets you eight hours a year toward the 20 contact hours of continuing education required by the Board of Counseling. While you have to be a VACC member to serve on the Board, you do not have to be licensed (except for the president).View our website at www.vacc.org. You can join VACC on our website. Contact Michael Nahl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Sincerely,

Theresa Johnson-Sion, Ph.D., LPC (President)

Last Updated on Monday, 30 May 2016 16:30

The 6th annual

Linda Heacock Memorial Fellowships

Two $1,000 Fellowship Opportunities Available

Download Information: Word Document or PDF Document

Who is eligible?

Doctoral and Masters level counseling students pursuing careers as professional counselors and Counselors in Residency. Applicants must be a member of The Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors.  (To join, visit Membership Join/Renew Page; student memberships are $20, counselor in residence memberships are $40.)

Deadline to apply:

March 30, 2016
 

Application details:

 

Applicants must submit an essay (maximum 500 words) on the topic of Therapy, Life, and Death. One should address the following points:
  1. Do you believe that your personal consciousness exists after death?
  2. Do you believe that one is held accountable for their deeds in this life?
  3. How do the above two points affect the way you approach therapy?
   

Submissions will be judged by a panel of VACC Executive Board members. Content is important, but writing style and quality counts as well. You do not have to use APA format. Personal experiences and opinions are welcomed, as are opinions based on research. There is no right answer - be persuasive.

Submissions should be emailed to Michael Nahl at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please include “VACC Fellowship” in the subject line. In addition to the essay, complete submissions will include applicant’s name, email address, phone number, and university (alma mater for recent graduates).

All submissions will be reviewed by the VACC Fellowship Committee. Two $1,000 fellowships will be awarded. Winners will be selected and notified via email in April, 2016, and announcements will be made in our newsletter and on our website. Winning entries will be published in the VACC newsletter.

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2016 15:01

ICD-10 Takes Effect October 1, 2015

Are You Ready?

By Lourie W. Reichenberg, LPC

  • After October 1, 2015, all insurance submissions for services that occurred October 1 and later must use ICD-10 codes and NOT ICD-9 codes.
  • Services prior to October 1, 2015 can still be submitted and must use the IDC-9 codes.
  • ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes cannot be used on the same insurance submission form.
  • ICD-10 codes are included in DSM-5 (these are the codes on the right of the disorder)
  • In addition, the DSM-5 Coding Update Supplement is available free of charge, in English or Spanish, from: www.dsm.psychiatryonline.orgYou can also register at the APA website to receive DSM-5 updates
  • The World Health Organization provides a 267-page pdf document free of charge at:  www.who.int/classifications
  • The Centers for Medicare or Medicaid Services (www.cms.gov). CMS.gov also has a “Quick-Start” guide and has announced some “flexibility” for the first 12 months of coding using ICD-10 (check out announcements and guidelines at the same website).  
  • Read more: ICD-10 Takes Effect

    Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 October 2015 12:17

Dear VACC Members and Colleagues:

 

The Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors has been the state chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association since 1980. During this long period of time, our mission has been to promote the counseling profession and the practice of clinical counseling. To this end, we have passed legislation, operated an advocacy committee, provided training, and disseminated information that we developed from our own sources and from our associations with other organizations. However, in order to continue these services in our all volunteer organization, we need the aid of additional board members. VACC has been proud to be an independent organization dedicated to the clinical counseling profession, but unless we get some more motivated board members, we may have to consider such possibilities as reuniting with the Virginia Counselors Association.

Thank you for your support of us through your dues, but please help us by serving on the Executive Board. We have three meetings a year on a Friday, and a retreat. You will have the pleasure of shaping the clinical counseling profession in Virginia and developing your leadership skills. And, your service nets you eight hours a year toward the 20 contact hours of continuing education required by the Board of Counseling. While you have to be a VACC member to serve on the Board, you do not have to be licensed (except for the president).  You can join VACC at http://www.vacc.org/join-today. Contact Theresa Johnson-Sion, our President-Elect at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sincerely,

Theresa Johnson-Sion, Ph.D., LPC

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 16:29
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