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Department of Health Professions
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  2:24 pm
Commenter: Nancy Morin

Ban Conversion Therapy
 

As a parent of a young gay man, I was appalled when I learned of the dangerous and ineffective practice of trying to change a young person’s sexual orientation through “conversion therapy” that can lead to extreme depression and suicide. The short and long term effects of this so-called “therapy” are extremely detrimental to the developmental psyche of a young person, and we must ensure the safety of our children by doing all that we can to put an end to unethical practices that seek to harm them. Conversion Therapy is a dangerous concept that needs to be completely banned!