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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  5:12 pm
Commenter: Bonnie Gabriel

Conversion Therapy is Neither

“Conversion Therapy” is based on the incorrect tenet held by the misguided religious right that homosexuality is a disease or disorder, something that needs fixing.  It is not.  Nor is this practice “therapy” and, at best, the only “conversion” that may result is temporary suppression. At worst, it can lead to depression and suicide.  I support a ban on this misguided, dangerous practice against children.