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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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5/7/19  1:51 pm
Commenter: Caleb Foster

Harmful and Outdated Therapy

To Whom It May Concern; 

As a survivor of conversion therapy, I am writing to ask that the conversion therapy ban take place in Virginia. This form of 'therapy' is outdated and unscientific. After trying for 10 years to be something I am not, praying, fasting, attending meetings, and participating in various therapies, I've come to accept who I am. I am regretful of the lost time, but I am overcoming the shame and pain these therapies taught me in my formative years (14-25 years old). 

Please ban this therapy, please protect our youth from suicide, self hate, and harmful shame. Thank you. 

- Caleb F. 

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