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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8/1/19  8:46 am
Commenter: Lisa Cherefko

“Conversion Therapy” is Child Abuse

“Conversion Therapy” is child abuse.  Telling a child they are wrong and unnatural, convincing them to try to change something they cannot possibly change, does unspeakable damage.  No credible mental health experts support conversion therapy, in fact they agree it’s harmful.  This is no more a matter of “religious liberty” than allowing a parent to beat their child bloody.  It is no more a matter of “free speech” than allowing a parent to verbally and emotionally abuse their child which is precisely what conversion therapy is.  Do not allow this barbaric practice in Virginia!

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