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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  10:44 pm
Commenter: Piero Tozzi

No regulatory end run around parental and constitutional rights
 

I strongly object to any attempt by the Board of Social Work to impose a ban on counseling with regard to unwanted same-sex attractions.  An unaccountable and unelected licensing board, seeking to bypass the legislative function of the General Assembly and undercut constitutional liberties, has no authority to limit the federal and commonwealth constitutional free speech rights of counselors, nor the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children.  See Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925).