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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  10:52 pm
Commenter: Marilyn S Breslow

Ban conversion "therapy"
 

Sexual orientation is innate -  not chosen.  Insisting  that people deny who they are and convert to another state of being is  unrealistic and may lead the person feeling like a failure that s/he didn't work hard enough to change.  Mental health is about helping people to live with self acceptance, discipline and resilience.  Counseling geared toward changing  an individual's sexuality is not mental health.

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