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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  2:01 pm
Commenter: James Turnbull, Life-Long VA Resident

Please ban conversion therapy
 

It’s clear from the accounts of countless people including personal friends and many more in the public sphere that conversion therapy is ineffective and causes immense harm on the mental health of the kind souls that are subjected to it. Furthermore it’s not necessary for the practice of Christianity. Every account I’ve heard has suggested that the people who voluntary go to this “treatment” are manipulated into going by way of guilt. It’s time for VA to join the psychological community and several other states in banning conversion therapy. Thank you for your service to our state.