It’s Back: Bill That Threatens Accreditation of State-Based Psychology Training Programs Added to Legislative Calendars, Vote Anticipated Soon

A bill allowing students in state university counseling, psychology, and social work programs to arbitrarily refuse treatment to certain patients has been put on notice in both the House and Senate, meaning lawmakers will likely be voting on the proposal in a matter of days.  New accrediting standards issued by the American Psychological Association make … Continued


Debate Continues Over Conscientious Objector Bill For Counseling Students

The Tennessee House Education Committee will resume the debate this year over legislation that impacts counseling, social work, and psychology programs in public higher education.  The legislation is based on the ill-informed assumption that the practice of social work and psychological counseling is fundamentally about providing spiritual and personal advice. In reality, the professional practice … Continued

State Issues

Counselors-in-Training Bill Nears Critical House Subcommittee

The Senate adopted SB514 last week, disregarding the concerns of Counseling, Social Work and Psychology professionals and training programs across the state. The legislation is predicated on the incorrect notion that the practice of social work and psychological counseling is more fundamentally about providing spiritual and personal advice.  In practice, however, the professions of social … Continued


SB514 Passes Senate Committee Despite Widespread Concern Amongst Counseling, Social Work, Psychology Professions

The Senate Education Committee passed SB514 yesterday, a bill that prohibits public institutions of higher education from disciplining, expelling, providing remediation to, discriminating, or taking any other adverse action against a student in a counseling, social work, or psychology program because the student refuses to counsel or serve a client as to goals, outcomes, or … Continued