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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  2:04 pm
Commenter: Nicolas

Comment in Support of the Guidance
 
I am a transgender man who has been in a long, happy, 10+ year relationship with my husband. I'm still the same person I was before my transition, I'm just much, much happier now. Conversion therapy is so harmful to people like myself and my husband- it tells us that we're somehow sinful or evil, just because we love each other. Conversion therapy can't change the biological fact that I am transgender, nor that my husband and I are queer. Conversion therapy is barbaric and based on bad, outdated science. It is akin to forcing a left-handed child to write with their right, while simultaneously telling that child that they are sinful for being left-handed. Even the previous proponents of conversion therapy (such as David Matheson and Dr. L. Spitzer) have admitted that it doesn't work. This assertion has been backed up by metanalysis from Cornell University of 42 peer-reviewed studies. Numerous professional medical and scientific establishments, including the APA and the AAP, strongly oppose conversion therapy. Conversion therapy has been linked to depression later in life, and even suicide. Please strengthen the ban against conversion therapy, and protect vulnerable children in my home state.