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  11:39 am
Commenter: Doreen Denny

Stop government intrusion in professional counseling and parental rights

This scientifically and medically-unsubstantiated regulation that assumes harm in counseling against UNWANTED attractions and gender dysphoria is one more example of government gag rules overruling professional medical judgment and research and the legitimate pluralism that has been upheld in the courts.   It is vastly overreaching and unwarranted.  Parental rights are being threatened and overruled by overzealous, ideologically-driven policies like this regulation.   Virginia must stand against such imposition that also DOES HARM to children who are seeking to wrestle through identity issues.  BIologically-affirming practices remain legitimate and necessary options.  Your abject prejudice against documented research that refutes the basis for your argument and ties the hands, mouths, and professional credentials of counselors to a one-sided view is exactly what dictatorships in other countries impose on citizens and professionals.  America is NOT supposed to be that kind of country.  STOP.  

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