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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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5/10/19  12:11 am
Commenter: Margaret Murphy

Conversion Therapy is quack medicine that causes trauma and is a form of abuse.
Conversion Therapy is a failed, archaic, disproven theory that is a form of abuse. There is no legitimate scientific reseach that validates its legitimacy. To the contrary it is a henious form of abuse that leaves long lasting emotional scars and in some cases permenant psychological, damage. It stunts development and self esteem, leaves people dissociated, shut down, traumatized, anxious, and with post traumatic stress. It is both ineffective and unnecessary. LGBTQ+ people are not abberations to cure, they are vibrant individuals to nurture and love. The sin is not being LGBTQ+, it is using fradulent and abusive means to try to control and change people who need to be embraced and accepted. Draconian and quack medicine these teachniques must be banned to prevent damaging and oppressing people for fearful, hateful, ignorant reasons. Ban Conversion Therapy forever.