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  11:07 pm
Commenter: Keith Gostel, RN, LCSW

Do not allow conversion therapy!

As a child therapist who has seen first hand the trauma imposed on persons when told that they are defective and need to change.  While it has not been conclusively shown to be genetic, it is clear that gender identity is largely formed in utero.  The usual event in child suicides surrounds a fear of or realizing one is LGBT and the rejection that brings.  Conversion therapy at its core says one's gender is a choice that can be changed.  No heterosexual person would think that they could be talked into being homosexual.  Please ban conversion therapy from Virginia!  Other posts seem to come from a religious or political perspective.  Please keep decisions about regulated medical and therapeutic practice in the realm of science.

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