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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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5/14/19  8:54 am
Commenter: Mary McGuire

Protect freedom of Virginia Families to acquire the counseling they choose
 

Parents are the responsible parties for the healthcare decisions of their child, involving physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

A ban would deny families the freedom to seekcounseling aligned with their faith. Families should have options to make informed decisions

This proposed  ban covers all communication between a social worker and the client. THis presents a serious risk that children and their families will lose the right to client " self-determination" in setting care goals ( a core principal of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.