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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8/2/19  2:55 am
Commenter: Doris Dippel, private citizen

Oppose the Change

I oppose the proposed change in rules and policy that would make it a legal offense for a counselor to work with a counselee concerning the latter’s confusion about or desire to change or clarify their gender identity. It is illogical to suppose that a young person seeking counsel would only want to know about or benefit from counseling that encourages an alternate sexual identity, but not from counseling that would contrast that with their retention and acceptance of their biological sexual identity. A young person cannot make an informed decision without knowing both the pros and the cons of their decision. 


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