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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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5/9/19  6:00 pm
Commenter: Sara Van Gorder

Abuse is not therapy.
 
I was always taught to treat others the way I wanted to be treated. I was appalled to learn that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth are being targeted for so-called “conversion therapy” that tells them they are bad because of who they are. 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. I’m bisexual, and it pains me to know that some LGBTQ youth are being told that they’re made anything but perfect.