IRISH SOCIAL WORKERS OPPOSE LGBT CONVERSION THERAPY

http://www.gcn.ie/IRISH_SOCIAL_WORKERS_OPPOSE_LGBT_CONVERSION_THERAPYThe Irish Association of Social Workers, passed a motion strongly opposing conversion therapy, which seeks to change the sexual orientation of gay, lesbian and bisexual people, at their AGM last week.

Declan Coogan, Spokesperson for the Irish Association of Social Workers stated “sexual orientation conversion (reparative) therapy is based on the erroneous belief that homosexuality is an illness. There is no evidence that conversion therapy is effective though there is evidence of mental health risks associated with the use of such approaches with gay, lesbian or bisexual people”.

He added that the IASW strongly opposes such approaches and the Association discourages social workers from providing such interventions or making referrals to agencies that claim to do so.

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