Sunday, September 30, 2012
One Down, Forty-Nine to Go.
California as become the first state in the country to ban therapy that tries to turn gay teens straight.
Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, one of the bills sponsors, stated that 'bogus and unethical practices by mental-health providers to try to change a young person's sexual orientation have resulted in irreparable psychological and emotional harm to patients.'
This pleases me so. As a student on the road to becoming a mental health professional, these programs anger me. While I know they are damaging no matter what age, it especially broke my heart when impressionable young adults and children had to go through them. As therapists, counselors, psychologist, or what have you, one is supposed to help not hinder and definitely not to purposefully instill shame and self hatred. Hopefully this trend continues and expands. Great news to wake up to.
-Jason Robertson (Secretary)