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  •  You cannot legislate against it. (2+ / 0-)
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    Naniboujou, Namazga III

    Not in the sense you're thinking. However, every mental health professional has a code of ethics. In that code of ethics is the concept of beneficence to do no harm.  The current literature overwhelmingly states that aversion and conversion therapies will hurt the client irrevocably.

    As a result, it is against my ethical code as a social worker to enact this therapy. It is also against my personal code as aversion and conversion therapy has absolutely no evidence base. As a provider, I am to provide evidence-based intervention.

    There is evidence that shows that talk therapy works wonderfully. There is also evidence that a vast majority of my work will be on a relationship-level, not on a theory or intervention level. As a result, if I want to do my best work, I will work ethically, honestly, and genuinely.

    I can do none of this if I am targeting at-risk gay and lesbian men, women, adolescents, and children with conversion therapy that will hurt them and has absolutely no evidence base.

    And I will, happily, report anyone I know who does such a thing to their ethics board for violation of the unconditional ethical guideline to do no harm.

    "Without alienation, there can be no politics" ~ Arthur Miller

    by jwalker13 on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 05:48:25 PM PDT

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