Ethical Implications of Conversion Therapy

Miller, Nicole

Conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy, is a type of therapy that attempts to change a person’s sexual preference from homosexual to heterosexual.   The practice and use of conversion therapy is a highly controversial topic.  In September 2012, California became the first state in the United States to ban the use of conversion therapy on minors.  As of 1973, the American Psychological Association no longer defined homosexuality as a mental disorder, and they actively discourage psychologists from using conversion therapy.  However, conversion therapy is still being practiced.  This poster will investigate the ethical implications of employing reparative therapy techniques.  Research demonstrating the potential negative or harmful effects of conversion therapy on an individual level will also be discussed.