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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  1:16 pm
Commenter: Paula Crooks, Hampton Roads Behavioral Health

In opposition to Conversion therapy

I am a Supervisee in Social Work about to take the licensure exam and become part of a profession of which I’m so excited to be a member. Let’s not set the clock back by continuing to endorse this unproven, harmful approach to denying our clients’ identities. I’m getting into this field to help people know and love themselves more deeply. Conversion therapy runs counter to that goal and to our Code of Ethics.