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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  8:27 pm
Commenter: Linda Baxter RN PHD PMHNP

Ban traumatizing conversion therapy

As a mental health practitioner and therapist, I am shocked and outraged  to see that individuals who consider themselves professionals are attempting to continue to use a psychologically damaging and trauma-inducing type of “therapy” to “ban” what is known to be a clear difference in sexual orientation.  Being Gay is not a choice but an aspect of one’s genetic makeup and sexual preference.  An inherent aspect of one’ s self can not be “converted” into a different aspect that someone else (such as a parent) prefers.  Evidence-based research consistently shows traumatic and damaging outcomes from use of  conversion therapy.  And for those who say “it’s a first amendment issue”, my response is that the first amendment does NOT provide for damaging psychological treatment of ANY kind to be forced upon anyone.  Where are the rights for  those against whom this treatment is forced or attempted?