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  6:01 pm
Commenter: Wanda Juraschek

Support Freedom of Choice

People (including parents of minor children) should have the right to choose the type of counseling, and the counselor, they believe will be most helpful in their situation. 

Because the human brain does not reach maturity until age 20-25, children younger than that may need guidance if they are experiencing sexual or gender confusion.  Counseling that supports gender transition in children whose brains are not fully developed constitutes "unprofessional conduct" and should be banned.  As children's bodies are protected by law from alcohol and cigarettes, they should be protected from the damage of gender transitioning medications and surgeries.

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