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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  5:06 pm
Commenter: Chris Bowers

Maintain reparative therapy option
 

Reparative therapy is beneficial to many people. It should not be banned because it conflicts with the social narrative goals of the progressive left. Parents are closest to their child’s challenges and they are in the best position to identify solutions and to make healthcare decisions involving the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of their child. Under Virginia law, parents have the fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing, education and care of their children. Some young people may have attractions they want to change. Others may simply desire guidance from a social worker to live a chaste life. In either instance, there should be options for families to make informed decisions. Please do not ban this therapy option. Thank you.