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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  9:51 am
Commenter: Henry W. Sterbenz, Jr., Retired

Parental Rights Must Not Be Denied or Diluted
 
Parents are the primary educators of their children. Parents are the adults closest to their own children and are in the best position to decide what is best for their own children. No government agency at any level should be allowed to dictate to parents what educational format or counseling is best for their own child. Freedom of Religion is a constitutional right, and that right includes the right to free expression of religion without interference from any government agency at any level. Parents must be allowed to choose the counseling that they deem best for their own children. If this counseling includes reparative therapy, then parents must be allowed to choose it for their own children.