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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  2:52 pm
Commenter: Tracey S. Wingold

In favor of conversion therapy ban.
 

As I licensed clinical social worker who also happens to be a practicing Catholic, I am in favor of banning the use of "conversion therapies" based on the fact that they are known to cause psychological harm.  I just read the letter below from Jeff Curoso of the Virginia Catholic Conference and could not disagree more with his viewpoint, and that of the bishops.  Clearly they do not understand our profession.   If a client wants to work toward a "chaste life," a social worker will work with a client to understand themselves, love themselves, and pursue whatever lifestyle feels right for them - gay or straight - chaste or not.  Social workers are trained to be with clients where they are, and to work with them to love themselves as they are and to develop the skills to move through the world and their relationshps in a healthy manner.  We all know by now that sexual identity is not formed, it is God-given.  Every sexuality is a gift, and it is my job as a social worker to help my clients to truly know and love themselves as they are, and to be in heatlhy relationship with others and their world.  Not to change them into something they are not.  Please support this ban.  Thank you.