Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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4/11/19  5:11 pm
Commenter: Audra Mrini

How are we defining conversion therapy?

There should be a distinction made between harmful and helpful practices.  The term Conversion Therapy is being used loosely and should be better defined.  There may be instances in which such a practice under certain circumstances would be harmful, for example, in a situation where a client does not want assistance with their sexual orientation and it is thus imposed on them.  There are other instances in which clients seek and want to, and should be able to, in a safe, trusted therapeutic relationship, to be able to explore and make their own decisions about how to proceed.  We should be able to provide this type of support when the client seeks it. We need to define this term as a practice rather than just banning a concept.

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