The American Counseling Association, of which I am a member, decided to move their national convention scheduled in Tennessee in 2017 to San Francisco. Tennessee legislature passed a bill in April that allowed counselors to refuse to see a client if counseling that client involves “goals, outcomes or behaviors that conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor or therapist.” This law is in direct opposition to the ACA code of ethics. Thelma Duffy, ACA president who’s term just ended stated “We believed it was important that the ACA take a public and powerful stance in opposition to this bill, and relocating provided us with that opportunity. We also believe that is was important that we communicate with our members who voiced deep concern about continuing to hold conferences in Tennessee in light of the new law. And ultimately we made the move based on our long held belief of nondiscrimination and our commitment to advocacy for all people.”
Way to go ACA! I’ll feel a little more pride when I write that yearly dues check next time!