REPARATIVE/CONVERSION THERAPY

The Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT) strongly opposes any treatment such as reparative or conversion therapy that seeks to re-orient the sexuality or gender identity of LGBTI+ people.  Such treatments are based on the assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder and that LGBTIQ variations are pathological.  AAFT comprehensively rejects this approach as such therapy is contraindicated typically provoking shame and guilt in individuals while having little or no potential for changing their orientation.  Conversion therapy does not accord with AAFT’s Code of Ethics which as its premise values “human rights and the autonomy of individuals and work for social justice”.  AAFT recommends individuals, parents, guardians, carers, young people and their families avoid any form of conversion therapy and rather consider family therapy to improve the systems of interactions within the family, broaden and strengthen social support, and reduce distress, shame and anxiety.