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PCU Statement on 'Conversion Therapy'

Following feedback from members and other groups, the Committee has agreed the following statement to clarify our position.

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Union does not accept the practice of 'conversion/ reparative therapy', or any forms of therapy that attempt to change the client's sexual orientation, gender identity, or consenting sexual expression    Such approaches are inherently unethical and potentially harmful. We do not recognise them as valid forms of therapeutic practice. Therefore, those overtly or covertly practicing 'conversion therapy' are not welcome as members of the PCU and will not be represented by the PCU.

For further information on this issue, see UKCP's statement

https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Reparative_Therapy_Paper_28022011.pdf

and the Memorandum of Understanding

https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/UKCP-Memorandum-of-Understanding-on-Conversion-Therapy-in-the-UK.pdf

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