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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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5/13/19  1:07 am
Commenter: Carolyn Rye

Ban Conversion Therapy
 

How disheartening to learn about this misguided Catholic church "initiative". Yet how heartening to see the hundreds of respondents who call out  this so-called "therapy" (with originis that date back to 1890) for what it is. U.S. News and World Report states that conversion therapy has been denounced by the American Psychiatric Association and has been debunked by researchers.  In recognition of "all God's children", it is time for Virginia to be added to this growing momentum of 16 states as of April 2019 that have banned this practive-- including the most heavily Catholic population states of New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Illinois, California, New Mexcio, and Massachusetts.