Professional development activities help counselors acquire essential skills and knowledge to ensure personal growth and on-the-job effectiveness. Professional Development encompasses all types of facilitated learning opportunities, ranging from college degrees to formal coursework, conferences and informal learningopportunities situated in practice. The VCA Professional Development committee will strive to connect you to programs sponsored by VCA, its Chapters, and Divisions as well as other organizations of interest to professional counselors.
Licensed Professional Counselors: The Virginia Board of Counseling requires thatlicensed professional counselors shall be required to have completed a minimum of 20 hours of continuing competency for each annual licensure renewal. A minimum of two of these hours shall be in courses that emphasize the ethics, standards of practice or laws governing behavioral science professions in Virginia. The full regulations can be found here. Professional development requirements for LPCs are outlined at18VAC115-20-106. Continuing competency activity criteria.
Licensure for School Counselors:The Virginia Department of Education regulates the licensure of School Counselors, pre K-12. The standards for licensure, and the renewal of licensure are coverd in the full regulation for Licensure Regulations for School Personnel can be found here. The School Counselor licensure is summarized in 8 VAC 20-21-610. School counselor pre K-12 .
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Live TrainingVCA and its divisions and chapters offer many live trainings around the state every year. VCA also offers the opportunity for partnerships with chapters, divisions and others to co-sponsor trainings. We have a Memorandum of Understanding to help set up these partnerships. Please click here to view these. It is important to follow the guidelines in the MOU when partnering to ensure that standards are met for NBCC accreditation of training, to ensure an understanding of who is responsible for what, and to track costs and revenue. We encourage chapters and divisions to pursue MOUs with university schools of counseling, community service boards, private behavioral health facilities and other behavioral health organizations. You can access the forms by clicking here.
VCA is an approved NBCC provider for continuing education. If your chapter or division or if you are a CE provider who would like to partner with VCA, please be sure your content meets the NBCC guidelines. You can access them here.
You can get updates on VCA workshops including registration information by clicking here.
The new 2012 Needs Survey is here. You can access the results of our Fall 2011 needs survey here. Overall results of the Fall 2010 survey are here and the raw data is here. Please use the results to help with planning training for your chapter or division.
Online TrainingVCA has set up a partnership with CE Quick so that you can take courses any time and any where you have Internet access. Courses are accredited by NBCC, APA, NASW and others. You can save time and travel expense and have a wide choice of course work right at your computer. You get a 10% discount on individual courses by using your VCA code which is in your newsletter. You can also set up a free account to track all your training in one place. You can even upload scans of certificates of live trainings to be stored electronically.
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NetworkingOne of the best ways to network and coordinate training is through our Yahoo group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/VCAProfDev/. We encourage all members, trainers, grad students, and chapter and division officers to join. The group is closed to ensure there is no spam. You can subscribe to the listserv by sending a blank email to VCAProfDevemail@example.com. This is a discussion group and allows members to ask questions, seek guidance, and coordinate training. If you join the group with a Yahoo ID you also have access to a database of persons who would like to provide training around the state (and you can add to the list), professional development committee meeting minutes, access to results of needs surveys, links to chapter and division web pages and Facebook pages, links to a variety of professional organizations, links to government regulatory agencies, an app for posting jobs and internships, and more. The group is collaborative and members can add to the content and work together.Click to join Yahoo VCAProfDevYou can learn more about the group by clicking here.
Getting the Word Out In addition to email eBlasts sent to all VCA members, you can learn about upcoming training opportunities by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You are also welcome to share trainings you have learned about or are sponsoring on our wall.
Buy from VCA at Amazon. VCA has also set up a partnership with Amazon.com to offer a behavioral health bookstore, and you get access to all of Amazon's products. When you purchase training from CE Quick and books from our Amazon store, a small percentage of your purchase goes to VCA for professional development. Access the bookstore at http://astore.amazon.com/virgincounsea-20.