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Guidance Document Change: Consistent with the established position of the NASW, the Board considers “conversion therapy” or “sexual orientation change efforts” to be services that have the potential to be a danger to clients, especially minors. Thus, under regulations governing practitioners licensed or registered by the Board, practicing conversion therapy/sexual orientation change efforts with minors could result in a finding of misconduct and disciplinary action against the licensee or registrant.
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5/7/19  1:04 pm
Commenter: Jennifer Underwood

I support the proposed changes to ban conversion "therapy"
 

As a social worker, parent, and Virginian, I support the proposed changes by the Board of Social Work to prohibit those under its purvue to practice so-called conversion therapy. Converstion therapy has no proven evidence basis and violates the value of the worth and dignity of each person. It has predominantly been used by parents who dislike their child's LGBTQ identity and who want to force their child to abandon that identity against the child's will. This is not therapy - this is child abuse and licensed social workers should not be permitted to actively engage in these behaviors.