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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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5/11/19  8:45 am
Commenter: Beth Almore

Ban conversion therapy - it is human rights abuse

Conversion therapy is a human rights abuse. It goes against the inherent, innate right of an individual to live their life in a way that fulfills their inherent personhood. Sexuality is a deeply personal and inborn facet of human experience, and this therapy has been proven not only not to work, but to cause lifelong, permanent psychological and emotional trauma. Individual human rights must be respected and safe-guarded, particulalry for children.