United we stand: the development of guidelines and position statements for ethical practice with LGBT people in the United Kingdom

[Speaker] Jowett, Adam J:1,2
1:Coventry University (United Kingdom), 2:BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section (United Kingdom)

In recent years the British Psychological Society (BPS) has published several documents to promote ethical psychological practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In 2012, the BPS published guidelines for psychologists working therapeutically with sexual and gender minority clients. This was followed in 2013 with a BPS a position statement on therapies attempting to change sexual orientation. The BPS has also collaborated with other UK professional bodies to jointly publish a consensus statement against conversion therapy. Following this in 2015, the BPS was one of 14 signatory organizations in the UK to sign a memorandum of understanding against conversion therapy. The speaker will outline the organisational history of these developments, drawing on interviews with key individuals involved and will consider these developments in the broader UK context.
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