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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  2:33 pm
Commenter: Cheryl Ware, parent

Conversion Therapy is harmful
 

There is no evidence that so-called conversion therapy helps youth in any way.  LGBTQ youth are more likely to commit suicide and more likely to be rejected by their families of origin because of their gender questioning and/or sexual orientation.  We, as a community, need to send a message of unconditional love and support to these youth by showing them that we will protect them from the harm caused by these ill-conceived "therapies".

Thank you,

Parent of LGBT young adult