- Parent Category: News
- Last Updated on 15 September 2014
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
- Last Updated on 20 July 2014
Alexandria, VA – July 17, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Defense published a final rule today to implement the TRICARE Certified Mental Health Counselor (TCMHC) provider type as a qualified mental health provider authorized to independently diagnose and treat TRICARE beneficiaries and receive payment for services.
The final rule goes into effect on August 18, 2014.
View the Final Rule
- Last Updated on 28 August 2014
Welcome! The Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors is the state chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and we have been serving the needs of Virginia's clinical counselors since 1980.
Our primary mission is to advocate for the clinical counseling profession in Virginia. In order to promote and protect our profession we have government and advocacy committees, an ethics and standards committee, and we host several workshops each year across the state. For more information about VACC and the history of our achievements and contributions on behalf of our profession, click on the About link.
Our website has many useful tools and links. You can connect to other organizations from our website, including the Virginia Board of Counselors and many graduate counseling programs in our state. We also provide links to all of your state and federal legislators. In addition you can list yourself as a supervisor or use the Member's Spotlight page to market your practice.
- You can also link to all of our Board members under the link Board Members.
Welcome to VACC!
- Parent Category: News
- Last Updated on 28 June 2014
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.