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  11:53 am
Commenter: Chris Brigham

Why do we limit the drinking, driving and voting age?

I have raised 6 children with my wife and am currently involved with the love and care of disadvantaged black inner city men in Washington D.C. I am not a trained counselor but have considerable experience caring for others who are immature and uncertain about so many things. Even if we disagree about what is normative behavior or sexuality, I hope we agree that limiting decisions because of immaturity is wise. We limit the drinking, driving and voting age because we agree that below a certain age a person is clearly not mature enough to handle certain responsibilities. Maturity is not just a function of age but of learning how to make decisions about all aspects of life, including sexuality, that are not destructive but in fact constructive and productive for the person and others around them.  Please do not limit the options of counselors to help people become emotionally stable and mature. The goal of therapy is not simply about sexuality but a much more comprehensive goal of maturity. Please do not judge and thereby limit any therapy based on a particular world view or condemnation of another. 

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