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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  1:50 pm
Commenter: Gregory Mckinney

Parental rights must not be diminished!

Outside of areas of genuine public health issues such as proper vaccination and prevention of abuse, the impact of government on parental rights should be kept to a minimum.

  • Parents are closest to their child’s challenges and they are in the best position to identify solutions and to make healthcare decisions involving the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of their child.

  • Under Virginia law, parents have the fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing, education and care of their children.

Any curbs on such rights and responsibilities should never be done through the regulatory regimes or adminstrative law, but rather only through the legislature. Any regulatory ban on reparative therapy is inappropriate if not advanced legislatively.