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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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5/7/19  12:57 pm
Commenter: Rachel Levy

Please ban conversion therapy.

Conversion therapy should be banned. It's not a theraputically sound practice and actually does great harm. Psychologists, mental health and medical health professionals have found evidence that gay conversion therapies result in negative outcomes, including anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. There is broad consensus in those research and professioanl communities that conversion therpy is not necessary (because sexual orientations such as homosexuality are not disorders) and is, in fact, harmful.

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