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  6:29 pm
Commenter: Victoria Du Plessis

Why does conversion therapy pose such a threat?

If we as a society recognize, respect & trust that the physical development & wellbeing of a child falls within a parents area of responsibility, then undisputedly, so too should the psychological wellbeing of the child be entrusted to them - as already divinely ordained.

Why should conversion therapy be banned? There can only be two outcomes to receiving such therapy; either the therapy "works" and the child is restored to its natural state of being or the second outcome is that the therapy fails; and the child continues to develop in the way it so chooses. No harm done and the child's development not hindered in any way.

By banning such therapies, one can make the assumption that those wishing to ban it are concerned about its effectiveness. Parents should retain their God given right to discern treatment of their children when it comes to cancer treatment, a headache or gender dysphoria. 

  • Under Virginia law, parents have the fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing, education and care of their children.


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