Gay conversion therapy, sometimes known as reparative or ‘gay cure’ therapy, attempts to alter a person’s sexual orientation or reduce attraction to others of the same sex. It often assumes that homosexuality is a mental disorder.
The BPC thinks it is wholly unethical, has no evidence base and can cause a lot of harm to individuals.
On 24th February 2014, the Guardian published an article by Patrick Strudwick, ‘We can’t leave mentally ill people at the mercy of unregulated therapists’. Patrick contends that the psychotherapy and counselling professions are far from adequately regulated.
The Health Service Journal has published a letter from the BPC highlighting the need for greater choice of psychological therapies on the NHS.
Our letter was written in response to the latest figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre on the recovery of people undergoing treatment on the NHS's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (IAPT).
We have learnt from the Professional Standards Authority that their Accredited Voluntary Registers (AVR) team have asked the Department of Health to liaise with HMRC and the Treasury to review VAT exemption for health services provided by AVR practitioners and income tax relief on annual registration fees paid by AVR practitioners.