Ending Conversion “Therapy”

Ending Conversion “Therapy” With Minors

Conversion “therapy” (sometimes called reparative “therapy”) kills.

The goal of the practice – which is nearly universally shunned in the medical community – is to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, and is particularly harmful to youth. It has often led to suicide.

It is bogus. No study has demonstrated that the practice has a healing therapeutic purpose. Instead, studies have shown that it causes real harm to minors.

Leading Federal Public Health Agency Denies Effectiveness of Conversion “Therapy”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. In a report released October 2015 titled Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth, SAMHSA asserts the following:

Same-gender sexual orientation (including identity, behavior, and attraction) and variations in gender identity and gender expression are a part of the normal spectrum of human diversity and do not constitute a mental disorder
None of the existing research supports the premise that mental or behavioral health interventions can alter gender identity or sexual orientation
Interventions aimed at a fixed outcome, such as gender conformity or heterosexual orientation, including those aimed at changing gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation are coercive, can be harmful, and should not be part of behavioral health treatment

Have you undergone conversion “therapy” from a licensed therapist? Here’s how to file a complaint.

Conversion/reparative “therapy” (sometimes called sexual orientation change efforts) has no evidence demonstrating effectiveness. On the other hand, we have plenty of evidence demonstrating its harmful impacts. All the major professional counseling and therapeutic organizations have condemned the practice.

One way we can demonstrate how harmful this therapy is in Illinois is to go through the proper channels to file a complaint.

If you have gone through conversion “therapy” in the last 8 years and want to file a complaint with the licensing board read on.

For a complaint to be effectively investigated, it should not be anonymous and the complainant must be willing to cooperate.

Include copies of any documentation you feel is relevant to your complaint.
Complete and sign the release included. The release will allow the Board to speak to the licensee about your concerns and give the Board access to your client file, if applicable.
Include names, addresses and telephone numbers of any individuals who have knowledge of the situation. The Board may communicate via email whenever possible.