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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8/7/19  11:38 am
Commenter: Cathy Baskin

Support legislation prohibiting licensing of practitioners of "Conversion Therapy"

I support the legislation that would prohibit licensing those who practice "Conversion Therapy". Both the American Psychological Association and American Academy of Pediatrics have come out against this kind of therapy.

Professional licensure indicates that a practitioner adheres to accepted treatment practices and ethical guidelines. If someone wants to practice this harmful treatment, they can, but they should NOT be allowed to claim they are practicing an accepted, ethical treatment. You are not preventing families from seeking out this treatment; you are simply saying those who practice it are not recognized as ethical, licensed practitioners in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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