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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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5/9/19  10:16 am
Commenter: Darlene Flucker

Ban the assault on LGBT individuals

Conversion therapy is discriminatory violence. The belief that this violence is done in God’s name and therefore should be protected as a religious right is not only inaccurate, but sinful to those who conduct such a oppressive act against God’s words. This is not religion. This is discrimination and should not be condoned under Virginia law. There is absolutely no reason why this should be allowed to continue. Conversion therapy leads to suicide, depression,and more amongst its victims and is not only ineffective (as one cannot choose to be gay) but operates understand that gay individuals are less than heterosexuals. That is discrimination and nothing else. This is a practice that harms our youth and our adults and it needs to end now. 

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