Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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4/12/19  3:36 am
Commenter: Traci Jones, Ph. D. Candidate, RPRS

A question of ethics

In the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics (2014) it specifically states that a counselor must “act to avoid harming their clients, trainees, and research participants”.  Further. “Counselors are aware of-and avoid imposing- their own values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors (section A4a-b).  Conversion therapy is in sharp contrast to these stated values.  I do not speak from personal experience, but on behalf of a participant in my program who is a survivor of conversion therapy.  This person found themselves traumatized by the practice that was said to help.  Prior to conversion therapy, this person was an active member of working society with no major mental health history.  After, this person is riddled with anxiety, dependent on benzodiazepines, and reliant on disability income.  Conversion therapy only seems to help the counselors who practice it impose their values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.  This is why it should be banned.



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