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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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5/14/19  10:05 am
Commenter: Jennifer Moseley

No to conversion therapy
 

In 2009, the American Psychological Association conducted a comprehensive review of the published literature on Conversion Therapies practices and concluded that they are not supported by any reliable evidence. In fact, the APA found that the opposite was true: “The results of scientifically valid research indicate that it is unlikely that individuals will be able to reduce same-sex sexual attractions or increase other-sex attractions through SOCE.”

Similarly, in 2000, the American Psychiatric Association published a statement concluding that: “In the last four decades, ‘reparative’ therapists have not produced any rigorous scientific research to substantiate their claims of cure.”

Based on these findings, Laws passed in California, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Oregon, Illinois, and Vermont, as well as bills introduced in many other states, prohibit state-licensed mental health professionals from engaging in efforts to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of a young person under 18 years of age.

I want to see Virginia join this list of states that have banned conversion therapy practices.  Now is the time to protect our youth and teach them that they are perfect the way they were born and however they want to identify themselves.