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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
Stage Final
Comment Period Ends 8/18/2021


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7/29/21  12:38 am
Commenter: Michael Greelis PhD, LPC, LMFT NVLPC

Regulatory ban on coversion therapy

I fully endorse the proposed regulatory language banning conversion therapy for those under 18-years and providing the consequence of board sanctions for those who engage in this activity.

There's no excuse for this practice.  It stigmatizes the child/adolescent and leaved lasting scars.  These scars are particularly acute when children/adolescents are "escorted" to residential facilities.

The regulations embody the legislative intent and are a definitive step in clarifying that this practice is harmful to clients and against legislation and regulations in Virginia..


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