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Professional Standards Authority supports action by Accredited Registers on Conversion Therapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) with support from the Department of Health has brought together 14 signatory organisations, including the Royal College of GPs and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. These organisations met at the Department of Health this week to launch an agreement on actions to end the practice of conversion therapy in the UK, to bolster psychological professionals’ training and improve the emotional support available to Lesbian Gay and Bisexual clients who seek therapeutic help.

The Memorandum of Understanding recognises that efforts to try to change or alter sexual orientation through psychological therapies are unethical and potentially harmful. It sets out an agreed framework to tackle the issues raised by the practice of conversion therapy in the UK.

Christine Braithwaite, Director of Standards and Policy at the Professional Standards Authority, said:

‘The Professional Standards Authority welcomes this Memorandum.  The Memorandum clarifies the positions of the counselling and psychotherapy organisations and reinforces our decision, under our equalities duties, not to accredit any register which allows this therapy to be practised’.