Virginia is experiencing mental health staffing shortages that are anticipated to worsen. More providers are expected to retire over the next several years than there are graduates to replace them.
To help expedite licensure, the Virginia Telemental Health Initiative (VTMHI) matches pre-licensed mental health providers with supervisors to achieve needed client contact hours while providing volunteer support to free and charitable clinics – a win-win-win for patients, providers-in-training, and clinics! In addition, a robust curriculum of virtual training and educational resources regarding telehealth will be available at no cost to help prepare Virginia’s future providers to be best equipped to serve the needs of Virginians.
VTMHI is flexible to meet the needs of its clinical supervisees and offers both primary supervision or supplementary work. For more information about eligibility and program requirements, view the clinical supervisee job description.
Apply to Participate in VTMHI as a Clinical Supervisee
VTMHI is accepting applications for pre-licensed social workers, pre-licensed marriage and family therapists, and residents in counseling to participate in the program.
The application will take approximately 15 minutes. Questions will collect information about applicant demographics, education, training, work history, license number, number of supervision hours completed, language fluency, clinical interests, and more. Detailed questions in the application will help to ensure we can make the best supervisor, clinic, and patient matches for each volunteer. As part of the selection process, VTMHI will conduct a background and NPDB check.
This is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. Supervision will be provided at no cost to the volunteer.
To preview the application, click here.
What to Expect
All applications submitted will be reviewed by VTMHI clinical supervisors and staff. Eligible clinical supervisees will be contacted for a virtual interview. Those selected will need to complete VTMHI onboarding procedures and will then be assigned to a participating free or charitable clinic. If you are not selected to participate this spring, please be sure you are registered to receive regular updates about this program here as there will be many more opportunities to apply and participate as this program develops.
If you have any questions about the application, process and timeline, please contact VTMHI@ehealthvirginia.org.
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