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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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5/14/19  9:24 am
Commenter: Deb Fuller

Ban Conversion Therapy

VA needs to stand with the American Medical Association, American Psychoanalytic Association, National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health, National Association of School Psychologists, National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, and other professional medical and social welfare organizations to ban conversion therapy. Parents are free to pray with their children or have them talk to their religious leaders if they want religious freedom and the state will never ban that. Children should not be subjected to unethical and harmful "therapies" that will have lasting effects for their entire lives. 

If nothing else, Exodus International, which used to be the largest anti-LGBTQ organization spanning 5 continents, folded because it's two founded left their wives and married each other. A 3rd top member was outted in at gay bar in Washington, DC. Other prominent anti-gay activists have since been outted in homosexual liasons as well. If adults want to undergo this nonsense, let them. Leave children out of it.