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Telegraph: The BACP takes a formal stance against “reparative therapy” for gay clients

October 5, 2012

This development covered in an article in the Telegraph is consistent with a broad trend in the mental health profession that was courageously pioneered by the American Psychological Association in 1975.

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy has notified its 30,000 members of the formal change in policy, advising them that being homosexual is not a mental disorder.
Emphasising World Health Organisation policy which states that therapies aimed at "curing" homosexuality can cause severe mental and physical damage, it says there is "no scientific, rational or ethical reason to treat people who identify within a range of human sexualities any differently from those who identify solely as heterosexual".
In a letter sent to members the BACP said it "opposes any psychological treatment such as ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ therapy which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder, or based on the premise that the client/patient should change his/her sexuality."


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