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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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5/7/19  4:50 pm
Commenter: K. Marlin

Conversion therapy is inhumane

Loving and accepting one another for who we are is the most compassionate and way to show our humanity. Having brains, hearts and souls is what makes us a society. Prescribing rigid beliefs on one another, and sanctioning mental and emotional abuse to try to force others to adhere to those rigid beliefs is contrary to living in love. Conversion therapy doesn’t change the victims, it only pressures them to put on a facade that’s more pleasing to those who would like to believe that our very makeup is completely changeable through prayer. Sorry, sis, that ain’t how science works. Stop meddling in the psyche of perfectly normal people and get government out of their lives. This legislation is garbage meant to control, not lift up people who have been picked on for years.