Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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3/19/19  7:28 pm
Commenter: Justin Jordan, Virginia Tech

Conversion therapy is unethical practice

Conversion therapy is, without a doubt, unethical practice and against the values of counseling and allied mental health professions. The archaic idea that mental health providers can or should change someone’s gender expression/identity or their affectional orientation is based on a history of stigmatization and pathologizing of normal and positive identities. The board of counseling has a moral and ethical responsibility to ban these practices that increase the risk of suicide of our brothers and sisters by traumatizing them via conversion therapy, which has no valid research support. Please ban this tactics immediately for the health and wellness of our society.

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