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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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5/11/19  9:56 am
Commenter: Kathleen O'Kane Kreutzer

Conversion Therapy is Malpractice and not therapy

Conversion therapy has no basis in evidence, and in fact, there is a substantial body of evidence that it is abusive and permanently damaging to people.   The word "therapy" should not even be associated with it - it gives it false integrity, where there is none.  it is malpractice.  Charletons make money off of vulnerable people from this and it perpetuates non-evidence/science based stigma.  There is no place for this in our Commonwealth.

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