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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  9:22 pm
Commenter: Marissa L Mancini


These practices have been widely and consistently discredited, but beyond placing effort behind a practice that doesn't work, the real issues are 1. that conversion therapy isn't necessary, and 2. it's dangerous. Shaming people for who they are is abhorrent -- and beyond shame, conversion therapy also employs the use of pornography, psychological abuse, and aversive conditioning. It's been proven to cause depression, substance abuse, and even suicide. LGBTQ youth -- like all youth -- are perfect as they are. Instead of trying to change them, or tell them that who they are is wrong, we should show them love and support.