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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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5/3/19  12:17 pm
Commenter: Paul Robelen, Biblical Baptist Church

I firmly oppose this change

I firmly oppose preventing people from being able to receive biologically affirming counseling. Not only is it a unconstitutional limit on free speech, but it also usurps parents rights and forces people into a harmful lifestyle that they may not want. If someone with gender dysphoria wants help, they will instead be forced into bodily mutilation and sterilization. More and more people who followed this route years ago are expressing regret, and this is no time to force youth who aren't even old enough to make these decisions into irrevocable body and lifestyle changes.

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