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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  7:40 pm
Commenter: Amanda L Pohl

Support for Guidance Document
 

As an MSW, I am appalled that there are no repercussions for practitioners who would violate our social work code of ethics through the use of practices that have been shown to cause harm to individuals. I support the proposed changes and agree that social workers should be held accountable for harm caused by so-called "conversion therapy" or sexual orientation change efforts.