Case Type:

Freedom of Conscience, Freedom of Religion, Regulated Professionals

“Michelle” – Accreditation Stripped After Activist Complaint

Case Type: Freedom of Religion (university campus)
Status: Settled by negotiationa

“Michelle” – Accreditation Stripped After Activist Complaint

Michelle* is a mental health counsellor who was stripped of her accreditation after receiving a complaint from a political activist. Michelle had never received a complaint from an LGBT+ client and never spoken on LGBT+ issues during counselling engagements.

A Victorian mental health qualifying body revoked her accreditation after receiving a complaint from the activist about the counsellor’s teaching videos on science and LGBT+ ideology given at Christian conferences.

The qualifying body required Michelle to sign up to controversial genderfluidity ideology, even though this topic had never come up in her mental health teaching and counselling. Michelle has opted not to take legal action and has taken up a different career.

*Clients have been de-identified where settlements were confidential, where issues are sensitive, where requested or where the matter is currently before the Courts.

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