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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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5/10/19  2:58 pm
Commenter: Thomas Palumbo

Protect the freedom of Virginia families to acquire the counseling they choose
 

I oppose this misguided and unconstitutional proposal for the following reasons:

  • Parents are in the best position to make healthcare decisions involving the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of their child.
  • Under Virginia law, parents have the fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing, education, and care of their children.
  • There should be options for families to make informed decisions.
  • A ban would deny families the religious freedom to seek counseling aligned with their faith.
  • Because the proposed definition and ban cover all communication between a social worker and the client, there is a serious risk that children and families will lose the right to client “self-determination” in setting care goals (a core principle of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics).