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A project conducted by the Counselor Education class of Gerard Lawson, School of Education/ Leadership, Counseling, and Research, resulted in the passage of a “Good Samaritan” bill by the General Assembly. The bill is designed to protect individuals seeking help for drug or alcohol overdose victims. Students working on an Advocacy Issues in Counseling project in EDCO 5204 Orientation to Professional Counseling, taught in Summer 2014 in Roanoke, were trying to identify issues which present barriers to treatment for counseling clients. Students Mary Hastings and Tori Hayes explored Good Samaritan legislation, which Lawson in turn brought to the attention of Sen. Chap Petersen, who introduced the legislation, as Senate Bill 892. The bill has been passed by the Senate and the House of Delegates, and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.

"One of the essential tasks a counselor performs is to advocate for clients. Playing a small role in the passage of an additional category to Virginia’s Good Samaritan law was rewarding to me for several reasons. As a student, it made me realize that I truly can impact public policy that affects my clients. Personally, it was even more meaningful because I had a dear friend who died of a heroin overdose just last year. My friend was alone at the time of his overdose, so we will never know whether such a law could have saved his life. But I am convinced it could save others in similar circumstances." Tori Hayes Said.

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The Virginia Tech Counselor Education program offers a master's program (M.A.) at the Virginia Tech Roanoke Center and a doctoral program (Ph.D.) at the main campus in Blacksburg.

Prospective students interested in the Blacksburg and Roanoke campuses can find information by following the links in the left column. Current students can access sites and information which may be helpful by following the Student Resources link.

Degree programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and by the National Commission of Accreditation and Teacher Education(NCATE). They are also approved by the Virginia Department of Education for the preparation of school counselors.


Contact Information

The Counselor program is located in VT CRC.

1750 Kraft Drive, Suite 2001
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Program Leader
Laura E. Welfare, Ph.D.
Program Support Technician
Wanda McAlexander

Wanda McAlexander: