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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  8:45 pm
Commenter: Anderson Gould, LCSW Spotsylvania County Public Schools

Do not support conversion therapy


Conversion therapy has been shown to be an ineffective and unethical treatment proposed to convert the sexual preferences of men and women who identify as homosexual. The NASW is not in support of this intervention. I strongly urge the VBSW to end any and all support of conversion therapy in favor of moving into line with the NASW and ethical considerations for the dignity and self worth of all humans. The preference for a same sex relationship is not a disorder; continuing to support conversion therapy treats it as such. The VBSW needs to work toward equality and dignity in its treatment of sexuality. As an LCSW in Virginia and Oregon, I am voicing my opposition to offering any support for or recommendation of conversion therapy and believe the VBSW should move to discredit the legitimacy of conversion therapy.


Anderson Gould, LCSW