AFT statement on ‘reparative therapy’ of members of sexual minorities
Published: 27 January 2012
The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice fully supports the recent statement by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) on 'reparative' therapy.
AFT, together with the UKCP of which it is an Organisational Member, does not consider homosexuality or bisexuality, or transsexual and transgendered states to be pathologies, mental disorders or indicative of developmental arrest. These are not symptoms to be treated by psychotherapists, in the sense of attempting to change or remove them.
AFT considers there to be no place for ‘reparative therapy’ within the contemporary ethical framework underpinning all psychotherapeutic approaches. AFT fully endorses the Code of Ethics set forth by UKCP in relation to these repellent practices.
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Notes to editors
- The UKCP statement and policy can be viewed at http://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/article1471.html
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