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Department of Health Professions
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  6:10 pm
Commenter: John Bernadyn, MS

Please Ban Conversion Therapy

I was excited to learn that the board is considering banning the practice of conversion therapy for licensed providers.  It is absolutely shocking that providers remain committed to harming patients based on their religious beliefs - not to mention religious lobbying for the practice to remain promoted.  Our patients continue to commit suicide and have lifelong problems because of these practices that are now proven to be harmful.  At what point did we say we practice based on our religious beliefs over our scientific bases?  This must stop.  I urge the board to move forward in banning providers to offer this service.

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