State Boards of Psychology and Osteopathic Medicine Adopt New Policies That Oppose the Practice of Conversion Therapy on LGBTQ+ Minors 

The State Boards of Psychology and Osteopathic Medicine voted this week to adopt new Statement of Policies (SOP) that oppose the use of conversion therapy on minors in Pennsylvania. The new policies notify licensees that the Board considers the use of conversion therapy to be unprofessional, harmful conduct that may subject any licensee engaging in it to administrative discipline.

“Professional studies have shown that conversion therapy poses significant health risks to LGBTQ+ youth, and there is no place for this dangerous practice in Pennsylvania,” Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt said.

Conversion therapy – sometimes called reparative therapy, sexuality counseling, or sexual orientation/gender identity change efforts – refers to any practice that seeks or purports to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We are grateful to The Trevor Project for its dedication to suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ+ youth,” Schmidt said. “All Pennsylvanians should feel supported by our Commonwealth.”

Following this week’s State Board of Psychology and Osteopathic Medicine meetings, three additional relevant state licensing boards – MedicineNursing; and Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors – are scheduled to vote on the new SOP during their April and May public meetings.