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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8/3/19  10:20 am
Commenter: Laura S

Protect conversion therapy

To not allow counselors to engage in the free market of ideas is absurd. Restricting belief systems to only support one outcome is both oppressive and a violation of the first amendment. If your “ideas” not facts, are correct ideas, then surely they should stand up to any opposing views and triumph over them. However this is not the case, the LGBTQ movement does not like criticism or opposing views because opposing views provide solid ground to build a valid argument. If a child experiences feelings they do not want, then why is it bad to support that child to overcome an unwanted occurrence. Do counselors not help children through unwanted problems of self confidence? Unwanted relationship problems? Unwanted violence at home? This is not denying any viewpoint, but rather saying "let's help people who are struggling with something unwanted." Isn’t that your job as a counselor anyway? To punish a counselor who doesn’t agree with your views is a violation of your position as a regulatory board

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