Position Statement

The American Counseling Association (ACA) opposes the practice of conversion therapy and advocates for the banning of such practices in the United States. As a leading organization in the field of behavioral health care, the ACA stands against conversion therapy because there is no credible scientific data to support its effectiveness. Furthermore, extensive research has demonstrated that conversion therapy is a harmful and damaging practice for clients, often resulting in psychological trauma and distress.

Currently, a growing number of states and municipalities, including the District of Columbia, have recognized the dangers of conversion therapy, and have taken action to ban the practice. ACA fully supports these efforts and encourages additional states to follow suit in order to protect the well-being of individuals seeking counseling and mental health services.