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  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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