Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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4/11/19  5:01 pm
Commenter: Dr. David Julius Ford, Jr.

Ban Conversion "therapy"

Conversion "therapy" goes against the ACA Code of Ethics and is harmful to our clients. In the onset, it tells our clients that because they experience same-sex attraction, they are abnormal, diseased, have a diagnosable condition, and need to be fix (converted). We, as Counselors, should never send that message to anyone. Our clients should be allowed to live and we should let them live--in the fullness of who they are. Being same gender loving is not a condition to be rewired or fixed. It's a part of who we are, not a temporary condition. I ask that Virginia bans this unethical, medieval, and empirically unsopported act of violence and trauma to an already marginalized, traumatized, and vulnerable population.

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