Tennessee bill would allow counselors to deny gay students mental health services

b9femf Tennessee bill would allow counselors to deny gay students mental health services

b9femf Tennessee bill would allow counselors to deny gay students mental health services

A bill being considered in the Tennessee state legislature would allow graduate-student counselors to deny services to gay, lesbian and transgender students on religious grounds. The measure would also block a university’s discretionary power to discipline student-therapists for failing to meet curriculum and program requirements.Under the proposed legislation, a therapist would have to prove that the “goals, outcomes or behaviors” of the client “conflict with a sincerely held religious belief” to refuse them counseling.As reported by The Tennessean, the measure was “inspired” by the case of a Christian student in Michigan who was expelled from her graduate program after refusing to counsel gay clients and clients who had premarital sex. Julea Ward then sued Eastern Michigan University for expelling her and received a $75,000 settlement. (Who knew being a bigot could help you pay down some of that student debt?)Continue Reading…

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Tennessee bill would allow counselors to deny gay students mental health services


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