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Professional Development

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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 learning opportunities 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 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 in Virginia. The full regulations can be found here. Professional development requirements for LPCs are outlined at 18VAC115-20-106. Continuing competency activity criteria.

Licensure Whether you are seeking licensure for the first time or planning to relocate,, provides information and requirements to become a licensed professional counselor for all states. Counselor Educators and those seeking licensure may also find, a useful resource to share with clinical mental health students. This website provides additional information about counseling specialties, accreditations, degree programs, and job postings.

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 found here. The School Counselor licensure is summarized in 8 VAC 20-21-610. School counselor pre K-12 .

VCA Career Centre: Looking for a job? Have a job to offer? The Career Centre has replaced the VCA Job Board. You can now manage your own resumes any time!Visit VCA's Career Centre! and find your next counseling job!

Are you a resident looking for supervision? Are you a counselor offering supervision? Visit our Forums section!

Live Training VCA and the VCA divisions and chapters offer many live trainings around the state every year.

Virginia Counselors Association (VCA) 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.  VCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


 Online Training  As a VCA member, you are entitled to join Mental Health Academy, an online counselor education platform.  MHA's courses cover a wide range of topics including supervision, ethics, group work, family counseling, addictions, mindfulness, crisis counseling, LGBTQ issues, school counseling, reflective practice, brief counseling, loss and grief, disability, collaborative practice, plus much more.

If you have any questions, please contact MHA directly at  

To learn more and/or join MHA,  please visit them at


Click to join VCAProfDev Networking One of the best ways to network and coordinate training is through our Yahoo group at 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 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 VCAProfDev You can learn more about the group by clicking here.

Follow VCA on Facebook Follow VCA on TwitterGetting 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.

Order from Amazon.comBuy from VCA at Amazon. VCA has also set up a partnership with 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

Help on YouTubeHelp We are setting up videos on our Youtube channel with demonstrations of "how to" follow up on the opportunities listed above. Take a look at

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