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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  2:51 pm
Commenter: Dcn. William Pivarnik

Coversion Therapy

As parents, my wife and I have both the legal and moral authority to choose not only the method but also the  provider of any and all therapies administered to our children; not the Commonwealth.  This regulation potentially limits our choices by denying certain professionals the ability to use certain techniques.

Furthermore, this limitation has twice failed in the General Assembly and now we are faced with yet another atempt to sneak it in as a regulation.  This we strongly resent.  Please, let parents, who best know their children, choose what they discern as best for their children.

Thank you.