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Mental Health Experts Deride ‘Conversion Therapy’ Conference In San Diego

Mental Health Experts Deride Conversion Therapy Conference In San Diego


Annette Conway, president, San Diego Psychological Association

Abi Weissman, LGBT committee chair, San Diego Psychological Association


A group of Christian ministries is meeting beginning Friday in San Diego to talk about counseling people who are gay to become straight. Activists are planning to protest the conference beginning Thursday night.

The Restored Hope Network is hosting its annual conference at City View Church, north of Mission Valley. Known by some supporters as reparative therapy, the practice is more commonly called conversion therapy.

Medical groups say the idea that sexual orientation can be changed is unproven and can cause serious mental health damage. Conversion therapy has been banned for minors in California since 2012.

"It can result in internalized homophobia, anxiety, guilt and depression," said Annette Conway, president of the San Diego Psychological Association. "It’s proven that this can be destructive for LGBT youth."

Conway and Abi Weissman, LGBT committee chair for the San Diego Psychological Association, joined KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday with more on the harm conversion therapy can cause.

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