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2018 APS Congress

The 2018 APS Congress will be held in Sydney from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 September 2018

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Use of psychological practices that attempt to change sexual orientation: Position statement

This statement outlines the APS position on the use of psychological practices that attempt to change sexual orientation.

This evidence-based statement outlines why the APS strongly opposes any approach to psychological practice or research that treats lesbians, gay men, and bisexual people as disordered, and any approach that attempts to change an individual's sexual orientation.

The APS recommends psychological approaches to psychological practice or research that work to:

  • challenge negative stereotypes
  • develop affirming social supports
  • promote self-acceptance; and
  • increase mental health literacy.

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More detailed position statement

The extended statement provides further guidance for practitioners on appropriate psychological practice when working with people who may experience distress due to their sexual orientation. 

View more detailed position statement