Special Notice: The Board of Counseling recently announced fee increases for Marriage and Family Therapists as well as all of the other licenses that they regulate, effective February 8, 2017. Please click here for details. They did not yet appear in the regulations document on the BOC website as of the publication of this notice.
ARNOLD WOODRUFF, LMFT
Executive Director, VAMFT
- Clinical Fellow of AAMFT since 1981
- Approved Supervisor in AAMFT since 1984
- Over 45 years of experience in public and not-for-profit behavioral health and child welfare settings, including;
- Director, Mental Health Division, Prince William County (VA) CSB
- Director, Juvenile Mental Health Services, Alexandria (VA) CSB
- Regional Program Director, Region IV Consortium of CSB’s
- Clinical Director and Co-owner, Help Your Way, Richmond, VA
- Several terms on Board of Dirctors of Virginia and Illinois AMFT’s, including two terms as President in Virginia.
- Legislative Liaison, Virgina AMFT
- Site visitor, COAMFTE
- Member (2nd term currently) AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program
- Frequent presenter at AAMFT National Conference
PRESIDENT, Virginia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Dr. Ronnie Zuessman, PhD LCP LMFT LPC
mobile (347) 267 3170
PO Box 4523, Fairfax VA 22038
As a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in AAMFT since the early 1980s, my interest is in promoting the availability of systemically informed psychotherapy to the many individuals, couples and families who have the need for quality professional services.
I have an extensive background in public service and private practice, and in graduate teaching and clinical supervision. Licensed in Virginia as a Clinical Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Professional Counselor, I have an appreciation of the disciplines, the preparation of practitioners, and how each may serve the people who reach out for assistance with the difficulties or problems they are experiencing.
Today, some of the stigma for seeking mental health (or what is now called behavioral health) services has diminished. However, because of a system of insurance payment that relies and narrowly focuses upon a diagnosis of mental disorder located within one individual, practitioners with lesser preparation than Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists often miss the dynamics of the relationship or family system that are contributing to the ‘problem’ seen in the person suffering with symptoms. By entering therapy with a LMFT there is enhanced opportunity to address those dynamics and to seek resolution.
This new era is calling upon LMFTs to maintain a balance between the needs of people presenting as our clients, understandings of systemically oriented theories, research informed practice, and the pressures of the contemporary health care system and pop culture expectations. Our foremost concern is the welfare of our clients, and bringing to them excellent, ethical clinical practice, taking into account the client’s unique experience, culture, ethnicity, spirituality, identity and history.
Working alongside other members of the VAMFT board and the general membership, we are helping people who need the services of LMFTs by: enhancing the profile of marriage and family therapy, improving the accessibility and quality of advanced professional education, and engaging in appropriate advocacy.
It is my hope that people seeking services come to LMFTs with a sense of confidence in their therapist. The scope of my professional experience is indicative of the types of concerns LMFTs can address.
My experience includes working in: community mental health, inpatient psychiatry, substance abuse treatment services, child and family services, disability services, public schools, correctional services, forensic services, residential services, not-for-profit agencies, and employee assistance services. Some of the areas with which I have been clinically involved include child protection, domestic violence, sexual abuse, human resource management, civil commitment, court assessment and expert testimony, personality assessment, diagnostic reporting, and risk assessment. I provide individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy. As an ASSECT Certified Sex Therapist, I also work in the areas of sexual identity, orientation, dysfunction, paraphilia, abuse survivorship, and harassment. I have clinically supervised practicing LMFTs and graduate students. I have also clinically supervised practitioners and students from other disciplines. I have taught graduate courses at many universities and currently serve as adjunct faculty at George Mason University, and affiliate faculty at Union Institute and University.
Many LMFTs have a rich clinical experience and are prepared to help individuals, couples and families who have the need for quality professional services.
Applicants for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia register their supervision on the Application Packet for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) by Examination or Application Packet for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) by Endorsement. Both applications can be found in the Marriage and Family Therapist section on the Forms & Applications page of the BOC here.
For complete information on becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, please click here. Becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor meets all of the requirements to be approved by the BOC to provide MFT supervision to MFT Residents in Virginia.
In order to become a BOC approved supervisor you must:
“1. Hold an active, unrestricted license as a marriage and family therapist or professional counselor in the jurisdiction where the supervision is being provided;
- Document two years post-licensure marriage and family therapy experience; and
- Have received professional training in supervision, consisting of three credit hours or 4.0 quarter hours in graduate-level coursework in supervision or at least 20 hours of continuing education in supervision offered by a provider approved under 18VAC115-50-96.”
The application form to become a BOC approved supervisor is available here.
Supervisors must not enter supervision with a supervisee with whom they have a relationship that could compromise their objectivity. Some examples would include family members, former or present clients, and people with whom one has a romantic relationship, to name a few.