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British psychotherapists also reject ‘curing homosexuality’

by Redaktie in History & Politics , 12 November 2012

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A new directive the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy (BACP) rejects any therapy focused on curing homosexuality, because ‘there’s no scientific, rational or ethical grounds to try and change someone’s sexual orientation.’ The BACP is the largest association of psychotherapists in the UK.

The BACP says in the Statement of Ethical Practice that the organization is aimed at social diversity, equal rights and non-discriminatory approach of clients. So the BACP rejects treatments like ‘reparative or conversion therapies’ that are based on the idea that homosexuality is a psychiatric state, or something that needs to be altered.

The BACP even goes as far as stating that these therapies are harmful to psychiatric healthcare and a breach of basic human rights.

The BACP acknowledges that the sexual diversity amongst people is very compatible with normal mental healthcare. A therapist with an open attitude towards sexual diversity can have a positive influence on his clients, and on society as a whole.

According to the BACP there’s no scientific, rational or ethical reason to treat lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgenders differently from straight people.

The association also joins the call of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHC) on the government to ‘sanction’ therapists practicing so-called Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) ‘adequately’. The PAHC initiated this because they say the therapists offering this therapy ‘are not focused on their client’s interest but instead identify with social prejudices, as well as showing gross incompetence when it comes to sexuality and sexual health.’

The new BACP directive comes shortly after last summer’s decision to scrap SOCE-therapist Lesley Pilkinton as a BACP-member because of professional mismanagement.

In 2020 the British Medical Association accepted a move that called on the National Health Service (NHS) to stop covering therapies aimed at ‘changing’ or ‘curing’ of sexual orientation or gender identity.


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