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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7/8/19  8:00 pm
Commenter: Mary Mullins

Banning Conversion Therapy

Conversion therapy, which seeks to change a person's sexual orientation, is an abusive, dangerous practice that must be banned in Virginia. Studies consistently show that the practice is harmful and entirely ignores legitimate medical practice, science and research. The only consistent outcome appears to be an increased risk of depression, anxiety and suicide in the patients subjected to it. The government of Virginia must act swiftly and decisively to ban this dangerous so-called therapy.

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