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UKCP welcomes Church stance on conversion therapy

Publication date: July 12, 2017

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) has welcomed the decision of the Church of England to endorse a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Conversion Therapy in the UK.

Published in November 2015, the MoU was signed by 16 leading medical and psychological professional groups ( see full list below ) – and states that the practice of gay conversion therapy has no place in the modern world, is unethical, potentially harmful and not supported by evidence.

On Saturday 8 July, the Synod endorsed the MoU by a substantial majority and called on the Government to ban the practice of conversion therapy. It also called on the Church to be sensitive to, and listen to, contemporary expressions of gender identity.

UKCP Chief Executive, Janet Weisz, said: ‘We very much welcome the Church of England’s support for our stance on conversion therapy – and we’re also pleased to see its backing for a motion welcoming transgender people.

‘We would now encourage other religions and Christian denominations to consider following the Church of England’s lead.

‘We have always been clear that sexual orientation and gender identities are not mental health disorders. Any therapy that claims to change these is not only unethical but can also be harmful.

‘The Church’s support sends a strong message that will hopefully mean that people who feel they need support to deal with issues around sexuality can seek support without judgement.’

Full list of MoU signatories:

Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC)

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists (GLADD)

Pink Therapy


Royal College of GPs

Royal College of Psychiatrists

National Counselling Society

NHS England

NHS Scotland

The Scottish Government

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)