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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  7:23 pm
Commenter: Olivia Reichenbacker, DNP, PMHNP-BC, University of Virginia

Ban Conversion Therapy
 

Conversion Therapy has been proven to be both ineffective and harmful to LGBTQ+ individuals. All the nation’s leading medical and mental health organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers, have come out against these practices—which include the use of shame, verbal abuse, and aversion techniques —saying they pose serious health risks, including depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, and social withdrawal, which can lead to suicide. These practices continue to exist only because of homophobia and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.