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  8:05 pm
Commenter: Ed Hopkins

Protect the right to receive and offer desired forms of counseling

It is my understanding that a proposed change would prevent licensed counselors or religious professionals from providing counseling that might seek to change a person's perceived sexual orientation. It should be clear that such an outright ban would infringe upon many rights--especially those of the person who is seeking to have an orientation changed. It is best to allow those closest to the person needing help--parents, family, pastors, and professional counselors to make such decisions, without the interference of a state bureaucracy.

CommentID: 75547