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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7/27/19  10:01 pm
Commenter: John Miller

Please don’t overstep your authority

While this may sound like a sympathetic policy, it ventures into territory which usurps a parent’s rights.  This also prevents legitimate religious beliefs from being followed.  Lastly there is no study which provides the long term effects of the proposed actions.  This may cause irreversible changes in a child’s development, for an issue which they may later in life desire to not adhere to any longer.  I am certain that society will look back on this as an unfounded action, based on no evidence, having lifelong consequences, and locking people into a life that they may have been only passingly interested in living.  This is too far for the state to try commanding.

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