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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  11:39 pm
Commenter: Sabrina Sklute

Ban conversion therapy
 
My son is gay, and I have fully supported him from day 1. It pains me to know that some LGBTQ youth are being told that they are flawed and being targeted for so-called “conversion therapy." These dangerous and discredited practices—which include the use of shame, pornography, psychological abuse, and even aversive conditioning—lead to devastating problems, including depression, substance abuse, and even 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.