Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Psychology
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3/19/19  1:49 pm
Commenter: Lisa Griffin, Ph.D.

Sexual orientation/gender identity change efforts are harmful and unethical

We've had evidence for over a decade that sexual orientation/gender identity change efforts don't work and can be harmful. For example, in 2009, the American Psychological Association reported: "[A] task force conducted a systematic review of the peer-reviewed journal literature on sexual orientation change efforts and concluded that efforts to change sexual orientation are unlikely to be successful and involve some risk of harm, contrary to the claims of SOCE practitioners and advocates." As a psychologist working with LGBTQ+ youth for more than 25 years, I endorse Guidance 125-9 for the protection of youth from unethical and harmful practices.

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