WSPA Statement on Sexual Orientation Conversion Efforts Therapy

The following Statement on Conversion Therapy has recently been posted on the WSPA Website.

It is the policy of both Washington State Psychological Association (WSPA) and American Psychological Association (APA) that “…same-sex sexual and romantic attractions, feelings, and behaviors are normal and positive variations of human sexuality.”
In 2009, APA published the findings of its Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation. The Task Force not only found no scientific basis for positive results of Sexual Orientation Conversion Efforts (SOCE) but also declared SOCE likely poses significant potential dangers for mental health, particularly for vulnerable youth.
WSPA fully supports these findings and since 2013 we have actively supported efforts to change Washington State law to make the practice of conversion therapy an act of unprofessional conduct in the State’s Uniform Disciplinary Act (RCW 18.130).
Letters of our advocacy can be found below:

Letter of support for funding a working group to study the effects of SOCE in Washington State.

Letter of support introducing legislation to restrict the practice of SOCE.

Letter of support to Washington Conversion Therapy Ban (HB 2451).
Memo to House Health Care & Wellness Committee.

Letter of support to City of Seattle’s Conversion Therapy Ban.