Pre-Licensed Mental Health Providers

The Virginia Telemental Health Initiative (VTMHI) matches pre-licensed mental health providers in the process of completing licensure with a clinical supervisor to achieve needed patient contact hours while providing pro bono services to patients of participating free and charitable clinics. This structure aims to accelerate the path to licensure and give providers invaluable experience serving people of different backgrounds in need of mental health services.

VTMHI will host a volunteer info session on Tuesday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. Register to attend here.

Apply to Participate

This program offers both primary and supplementary supervision as well as educational resources and virtual training opportunities. Past trainings have included cultural humility, how to administer The Columbia Protocol, working with interpreters, and more. There is a high-demand for Spanish-speaking providers! 

The application will take approximately 15 minutes. Detailed questions in the application will help to ensure we can make the best supervisor and patient matches for each volunteer. As part of the selection process, VTMHI will conduct a background check and request a NPDB self-query. 

This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. Supervision and supportive training opportunities will be provided at no cost to the volunteer. 

To preview the application, click here. View the Pre-Licensed Volunteer job description here.

What to Expect

All applications submitted will be reviewed by VTMHI clinical supervisors and staff. Eligible pre-licensed individuals will be contacted for a virtual interview. Those selected will need to complete VTMHI onboarding procedures before they can begin providing direct services. If you have any questions about the application, process and timeline, please contact  


  • Completed a graduate degree in social work, counseling, or marriage and family therapy
  • Pre-licensed volunteers are highly encouraged to volunteer for the length of their residency/supervised hours. All volunteers are expected to provide a minimum of three (3) direct service hours per week for a minimum of six (6) months.
  • Actively working towards licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia (completed necessary paperwork)
  • Commitment to providing exceptional care with demonstrated knowledge and sensitivity related to anti-racism, social justice, multicultural issues, and ability to interact effectively with diverse individuals and groups
  • Willingness to use the electronic health record and telehealth platform provided

For additional information about responsibilities and requirements, view the job description here.  

If you have any questions about the application, process, or timeline, please contact

Watch this info session to learn more about volunteering with VTMHI.

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