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Virginia Counselors Association is the proud state branch of 
the American Counseling Association


VCA CONVENTION 2018 - November 8, 9 & 10, 2018

Hilton Norfolk THE MAIN - (Room rate $124 + tax)

The Virginia Counselors Association invites you to submit a proposal for consideration.
To learn more or submit a proposal, please click here 2018 Invite to Present

or visit the Call For Proposals Submission page

The deadline for submitting proposals is May 1, 2018


To make a hotel reservation, visit CODE VCI

More Convention Information coming soon.


IT'S ELECTION TIME AGAIN!  As a member of the Virginia Counselors Association, please take a minute to vote for YOUR 2018-19 VCA President-Elect, Secretary-Elect, and Treasurer-Elect.  The deadline for casting your ballot is April 30, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST



David Ford

Rebecca Kaderli


Michael Trexler


LaConda Fanning

Terri Mason

You must login to cast your ballot on-line. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, please contact Vicky Wheeler at the VCA Office, or 800-225-8103.  To cast your vote, visit


AUGUST 16-18, 2018 - RICHMOND, VA

The three day training will provide LPCs and LMFT's the 20 contact hours required to supervise LPC residents. Participants attending the workshop in its entirety will receive an NBCC Verification Form documenting 20 NBCC Continuing Education Hours (includes 2 hours ethics), fulfilling the Virginia LPC supervision requirements
CLICK HERE to Register or for more information!


Through this limited-time offer, you will receive 30-days of unlimited access to the entire MHA continuing education library, for just $1.  

Courses cover a wide range of topics including addictions, career counseling, counseling children and adolescents, supervision, group work, family counseling, mindfulness, crisis and trauma counseling, school counseling, plus much more.

Sign up by 5 p.m. (EDT), Apr 27th to take advantage of this offer. Don’t miss out!

To learn more and register, visit

If you have questions concerning the offer, please contact Joshua at

(Note: After the trial period, the Mental Health Academy will automatically renew your subscription at the normal rate of $39 per month. You can cancel at any time).

VCA Recognized by ACA Southern Region

Congratulations VCA!🎉

It is my pleasure to inform you that theVirginia Counselors Associationis the recipient of the 2018 ACA Branch Best Leadership Development Project Awardfor the Southern Region.The project that was submitted was our 2017 Leadership Academy.

The ACA Branch Awards recognizes those branches that significantly advance and enhance the counseling profession through excellent programs, increased membership, quality communications, and community involvement.

Our hard work, innovative ideas, and dedication to the counseling profession and our community have proven us deserving of this Award.VCA will be honored at the ACA National Awards Ceremony held on April 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the ACA Annual Conference and Exposition.If you are at the Conference, I urge you to join us in accepting this award.

Well done VCA!!!

Linda Grubba,2017-18 VCA President


MISSION STATEMENT:The Virginia Counselors Association exists to promote the counseling profession by supporting, empowering and advocating for the diverse needs of all counselors in Virginia. (Rev. March 3, 2018)


VISION:The Vision of the Virginia Counselors Association is to strengthen the professional identity of counselors through innovative professional development and collaboration. We strive to empower counselors to live well and serve well. (Rev. March 3, 2018).(Read VCA Goals for 2017-18)






The Virginia Counselor - February 2018 Edition

If you have an article you would like to submit for the next publication, e-mail it to Tiffanie and Maya, the VCA Newsletter Co-Editors, at


ACA members are offered a full line of professional liability insurance products through the Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO), the largest provider of such insurance in the world. Independent private practitioners as well as those in a group practice can rest assured that they have the most comprehensive coverage possible. ACA professional members with a HPSO liability insurance premium of $100 or more will receive a 10% discount on a new or renewing liability policy.*Discounts are only applicable to members insured with HPSO onindividual member policies.
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Volume 36

The Virginia Counselors Journal,the professional journal of the Virginia Counselors Association, is currently seeking submissions for Volume 36. We are looking for quantitative and qualitative research articles as well as theory-based position papers and reports of innovative counseling methods. Specific categories for consideration in the Journal include but are not limited to: counselor preparation, supervision, professional development, counseling theory, current issues, innovative practice, and book or related material reviews


You are invited to share your original work through this opportunity for publication in a refereed professional journal. Submitted manuscripts are acknowledged on receipt by the editor(s) and sent out for review to Editorial Board members using a blind review process. Every effort is made to have disposition decisions completed within 60 days of manuscript submission. Specific guidelines for manuscript submission can be found on the Virginia Counselors Association website.


TheVirginia Counselors Journalis produced for the benefit of all Virginia counselors; thus we hope to have submissions from a wide variety of counseling specialty areas. Questions about a proposed or actual submission may be directed to the Journal Editor, Carrie Sanders,


Want to post your resume?At the bottom of your dashboard (the first page after you log in), you'll see a heading called Networking & Careers. All members can post and update resumes in the Career Centre at any time through this new feature.

Are you an employer or HR representative looking to hire a counselor?Simply complete a one-time registration by clicking the link to join VCA. You can register as a non-memberfor free. When you are signed in, you then have access to the Career Centre. You can post/revise your job announcements and review resumes posted by members who are seeking jobs!

For questions or problems with our Career Centre, contact theVCA Technology Committee Chair



The VCA Annual Awards program at the VCA Annual Convention honors individuals and counselor organizations for outstanding work as counselors in their job and in their community. A variety of recognitions are featured at the Awards Lunch Program at the Annual VCA Convention.

Now is the time to consider who that nominee might be and begin working on the application. This is a time to contact friends of the nominee to elicit supporting letters and a good time to begin assembling those materials for submission. Also consider submitting a nomination for any recipients of local chapter awards, to receive this state level recognition.



Licensed Professional Counselor


The Virginia Board of Counseling requires that licensed 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 inVirginia. The full regulations can be foundhere. 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 covered in the full regulation for Licensure Regulations for School Personnel can be foundhere. The School Counselor licensure is summarized in

·Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools (K-12)(PDF)

·Regulations Regarding School Guidance and Counseling Services in the Public Schools of VirginiaThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website

·Virginia Licensure Regulations for School Counselors preK-12This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website

VCA - NBCC Approved Provider #2047

Virginia Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2047.Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.Virginia Counselors Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

VCA Programs Complaint Policy and Procedure

If you have attended a VCA, VCA Chapter or VCA Division program and have a complaint or dispute regarding that program, please write a letter and include the following:Yourname, address, telephone number, email, name of event, date and location of the event, complaint and desired resolution to VCA via one of the following ways- (Email); (FAX) 757-766-5467 or (Mail) VCA, 316 Hodges Cove Rd., Yorktown, VA23692.You will receive a reply from VCA no later than two weeks from the date you submitted the complaint/dispute.



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