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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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5/9/19  10:35 am
Commenter: Sara Hayet, VA resident

It's past time to ban this horrendous treatment
 

Conversion therapy is an unscientific form of "treatment" that views LGBTQ+ identities as mental illnesses, an outdated view defied by major medical organizations today (The Trevor Project). It presents a real health danger to LGBTQ+ residents, undermines the validity of their identities, and enforces homophobic stigma. As a bisexual Virginia resident, I call on the commonwealth to ban conversion therapy.