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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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5/14/19  10:25 am
Commenter: Phillip Thompson

I support the guidance document to ban the practice of conversion therapy.

While I respect a family's right to raise their children as they believe is best, we already put limits on what a family may do if their choices put a child in harm's way.  Conversion therapy has no scientific validity and children should not be exposed to this process based upon a parent's beliefs, however sincerely held. The State already does not allow parents to withhold life saving medical care from a child just because it violates their religious beliefs. Allowing parents to subject their children to conversion therapy is harmful and ineffective.