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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7/16/19  3:49 pm
Commenter: Timothy Pittman

Not a Good Policy

First off, please ignore the other comment with my name on it, I accidentally hit post before I was done typing.


 The NOIRA regarding regulation 18VAC125-20 is not something Virginians should support.  According to the Code of Virginia (see below) a minor can consent to mental health treatment if he or she wishes.

§ 54.1-2969. Authority to consent to surgical and medical treatment of certain minors.  

E. A minor shall be deemed an adult for the purpose of consenting to:

4. Medical or health services needed in the case of outpatient care, treatment or rehabilitation for mental illness or emotional disturbance.


Why is supposed "conversion therapy" the only type of therapy that the State wants to regulate? If the concern is for the safety of children who may be forced against their will into unwanted therapy, then that should be made illegal. This regulation, however, seeks to prevent "conversion therapy" even if it is sought after by the child.


If gender is indeed fluid, as supporters of this regulation purport, then why should homosexual and transgender people not be allowed to align their thoughts and feelings with their natural gender? I believe this is simply a ruse of LGBTQ+ supporters to ram affirmation, not just tolerance, down the throats of Virginians.

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