Professional ResourcesThe Vermont Psychological Association seeks to embody justice, promote equity, foster action, and support healing across all social identities in our communities. VPA is committed to eliminating the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression within our organization and the field of psychology.
Vermont Office of Professional Regulation
(Clinical Social Workers)
Click the icon above for OPR’s administrative rules for clinical social workers.
Mental health professionals who are working toward licensure under supervision of a licensed professional must be registered on the roster of non-certified, non-licensed psychotherapists, as required by the Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health.
Already licensed as a psychologist?
Mental health professionals who are licensed and in good standing in another state or province may be eligible for licensure by endorsement or for an emergency or temporary license. Check your profession’s administrative rules to learn more about this entry to licensure in Vermont.
Psychologists in good standing in other states may also apply for a temporary license or emergency license. Please see the Board of Psychological Examiner’s administrative rules for more information.
Vermont mental health licenses are renewed every two years in January. Licenses for psychologists and licensed clinical social workers expire in January of even years (2022, 2024, etc.); licenses for mental health counselors and alcohol & drug counselors expire in January of odd years (2023, 2025, etc.).
Creating a plan to address your clients’ potential crises can be daunting, especially for solo clinicians in remote parts of Vermont. The Vermont Psychological Association and community partners, including emergency crisis teams around teh state, have developed a suggested protocol for establishing crisis plans. You can access that protocol here.
LGBTQIA+ Crisis Lines
GLBT National Health Center – (888) 843-4564
GLBT National Youth Talkline – (800) 246-PRIDE (7743)
GLBT National Senior Talkline – (800) 234-7243
GLBT Peer Support Chat: glnh.org/chat
Trevor Lifeline (youth) – (866) 488-7386; thetrevorproject.org/get-help/ (chat);
Text “START” to 678678
Trans Lifeline – (877) 565-8860
Vermont Crisis Numbers
The Emergency Services teams are part of the community mental health centers in Vermont counties, and are available 24/7 to help individuals with mental health crises.
|North Essex||(802) 334-6744
|South Essex||(802) 748-3181
|Franklin/Grand Isle||(802) 524-6554
|Lamoille||(802) 888-5026 (8-4:30pm)
(802) 888-8888 (after hours)
Other Crisis Help
|Suicide Prevention Lifeline||(800) 273-TALK (8255)|
|Vermont Crisis Text Line||Text “VT” to 741741 (free, 24/7)|
|IMALIVE||imalive.org (live chat)|
|Veterans Crisis Line||(800) 273-TALK (8255), press 1
(800) 799-4889 (TTY)
veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat (live chat)
Mandated Reporting – Vermont
Duty to Warn
Vermont has a duty-to-warn statute, which requires “a mental health professional who knows or, based upon the standards of the mental health profession, should know that his or her patient poses a serious risk of danger to an identifiable victim has a duty to exercise reasonable care to protect him or her from that danger.”
The full text of the legislative bill establishing this duty, which is based on a prior judicial decision, can be found here. You can read the statute as enacted at Vermont General Assembly’s website.
Adult Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation
Vermont law requires that a psychologist, or other mental health professional generally, who knows of or has received information of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult or who has reason to suspect that any vulnerable adult has been abused, neglected, or exploited shall report or cause a report to be made” to Adult Protective Services within 48 hours of discovering the potential abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation. You can read the statute here.
Vermont law also explicitly sets out what actions or behaviors constitute “abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and you can read that here.
Adult Protective Services has instructions on how to file a report on their web page.
Child Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation
Vermont law also requires all mental health professionals to report a reasonable belief of the neglect, abuse, or exploitation of a child within 24 hours of the time they receive the information. As with vulnerable adults, Vermont statutes define “neglect,” “abuse,” and “exploitation.”
If you’d like to read more about the circumstances under which you must report a reasonable belief of neglect, abuse, or exploitation, you can that Vermont statute here.
The Vermont Department for Children & Families has additional guidance on filing a report on their web page.
Section 6.3 of the Board of Psychological Examiners Adminstrative Rules adopts both the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct of the Assocation for State and Provincial Psychology Boards (“ASPPB”) as guides to conduct and practice. Conduct which violates these ethical principles and codes (or any successor code) constitutes unprofessional conduct under 26 V.S.A. § 3016(9) and § 3016(10).
Vermont statutes also specifically define examples of unprofessional conduct that apply specifically to psychologists (26 V.S.A. § 3016) and that apply to any professional licensee (3 V.S.A. § 129a). The use of conversion therapy on minors (under the age of 18) is also defined as unprofessional conduct. (18 V.S.A. § 8353).
You can find more information about the applicable rules and statutes on the Board of Psychological Examiners’ web page.
Allied Mental Health
The Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health governs practice for licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage & family therapists, and non-certified, non-licensed psychotherapists (rostered).
The Board has adopted the National Board for Certified Counselors Code of Ethics, the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics as guides to the standards of practice; those codes are incorporated by references into the Board’s administratives rules in Section 6.6.
There are specific definitions of unprofessional conduct that apply to licensed mental health counselors (26 V.S.A. § 3271), licensed marriage & family therapists (26 V.S.A. § 4042), and rostered psychotherapists (26 V.S.A. § 4093) in addition to those that apply to all licensees (see above).
You can find more information about rules and statutes that apply to licensed mental health counselors and other professions at the Board of Allied Mental Health’s web page.
Clinical Social Workers
There are specific definitions of unprofessional conduct that apply to licensed clinical social workers (26 V.S.A. § 3210), as well as those that apply to all licensees (see above).
You can find more information about rules and statutes that apply to licensed mental health counselors at the Office of Professional Regulation’s website.
Books & Materials
The links to books and materials below are provided through the Vermont Psychological Association’s participation in the Amazon Affiliate program. A small portion of the proceeds of each sale through VPA’s website comes back to VPA. All purchases go through Amazon and are not fulfilled or shipped by VPA.
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