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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  11:23 pm
Commenter: Lisa Brown LCSW

Conversion therapy is unethical
The American Psychological Association. The American Psychiatric Association. Substance Abuse snd Mental Health Services Administration. National Association of Social Workers. All of these organizations have called for an end to the use of conversion therapy. This is not a matter of parental rights or freedom of speech. This is about licensed clinicians providing interventions that research has shown to not only be ineffective, but potentially harmful. It is a matter of professional ethics.