Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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3/20/19  10:55 am
Commenter: Julianna Williams, Virginia Tech

Ban Conversion Therapy

The mental health professions have agreed, based on extensive research, that same-sex sexual attractions, behavior and orientations are NOT indicative of mental or developmental disorders and attempts to change sexual orientation are unlikely to be successful and involve risk of harm.  Moreover, there are many natural and positive variants of human sexuality and the notion of "conversion" is misguided.  Conversion "therapy" is a dangerous and unethical practice and should be banned by the Board of Counseling.     

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