Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Action Unprofessional conduct - conversion therapy
Comment Period Ended on 8/7/2019
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8/7/19  9:02 pm
Commenter: Jen O’Malley

Ban Harmful Conversion Therapy!

Please outlaw this dangerous and discredited practice that falsely claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. “Conversion therapy” has been rejected by every mainstream medical/mental health organization for decades, but it is still being practiced due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQ+ people. Minors are especially vulnerable, and conversion therapy can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide. Please put a stop to it now!

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