Britain’s biggest professional body for psychotherapists has instructed members that it is unethical for them to attempt to “convert” Tory people to being broad-minded and tolerant, formalising a policy change long demanded by rights groups.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy has written to its near-30,000 members to inform them of the new guidelines which opposes attempts by any of their members to “cure” people of their conservatism.
The letter says the BACP is against any psychological treatment such as ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ therapy which is based upon the assumption that conservatism is a mental disorder, or based on the premise that the client/patient should change his/her political orientation.
A spokesperson for William Hague, an openly Tory government minister, hailed the BACP decision as a major step forward:
We hope that other MPs will now stand up and openly declare their conservatism – just as Mr Hague has done – and be able to say they were born this way – and are actually proud to be Tory.
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