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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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5/8/19  9:58 am
Commenter: Mary Lib Morgan

Ban Conversion Therapy
 

Recently, a young man shared his experience of coming out in his Christian family and the turmoil and torture that followed. He recounted attending conversion therapy and leaving, wanting to kill himself as a result of this "therapy". His family sent him for a second round and the results were the same. He was gay and knew it. He'd tried desparately to "change"; married, had a baby, and still - was gay...just as he'd been created. He had wanted to take his life a number of times until he was fortunate enough to meet people who loved him as he was. The impact of confirming friends saved his ife. Conversion therapy had made him want to end it - more than once..

Conversion therapy is misinformed - critically misinformed and extremely dangerous to the LGBTQ population. Banning this archaic practice is essential to the mental health of our youth.