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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7/31/19  6:02 pm
Commenter: Mary Fisher

Ban Conversion Therapy
Conversion therapy is a dangerous and discredited practice aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation or gender identity and are based on the false claim that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ)is a mental illness that needs to be cured - a view with no scientific basis. Conversion therapy uses rejection, shame and psychological abuse to force young people to try and change who they are. They are known to be extremely dangerous and can lead to depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse and suicide. We can't allow one more young person to be targeted and hurt by these dangerous and discredited practices.
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