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  2:17 pm
Commenter: Akice Berman

We need to ban "Conversion" Therapy

This is not a legitimate therapy:  scientific evidence shows it is without merit and is harmful. We as treatment providers, swear to do no harm, yet this "treatment" denies the authenticity of the people it claims to "treat." "Treatment " implies a diagnosed disorder where there is no disorder. 

"Conversion Therapy" is shame-based, demeaning,  and insulting to the LGBTQ community,  --  promoted by religious extremists, not science. It must be banned, and practitioners held accountable by their professional Boards. It is simply another abuse of power. Academic institutions that teach this must lose accrediitation.


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