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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Agency
Department of Health Professions
 
Board
Board of Counseling
 
chapter
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Action Unprofessional conduct - conversion therapy
Stage NOIRA
Comment Period Ends 8/7/2019
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8/1/19  10:13 am
Commenter: Pam Webb

Ban Conversion Therapy
 

I work in mental health with kids and I can tell you first hand that conversion therapy is beyond harmful for children psychologically. It uses shame, rejection, and emotional and psychological abuse to force young people into changing who they are. This practice has been discredited and proven time and time again that it is dangerous. It is based on the false claim that identifying as gay, lesbian, trans, queer, etc. is a mental illness needing to be cured, which is simply not true - “Homosexuality” was removed from the DSM in 1973. It is abhorrent to condone these practices and it is our duty to put an end to it.  

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