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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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5/13/19  2:57 pm
Commenter: Jessica Anderson

No to Conversion Therapy

Conversion Therapy is cruel, abusive, and as study after study has shown, ineffective . The reason “Therapy” works is that it helps develop new behavior, not erase thoughts. All real therapies work this way... cognitive, hypnotism, even physical therapy. Moreover, therapy only works if the person receiving said therapy is a willing participant . Religious freedom and freedom from parents forcing their children to be subject to fake, unproven, pseudoscientific therapy can simultaneously exist. Jesus would not approve of conversion therapy, and to see my fellow Christians weaponize their faith to support it gives me great sadness.

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