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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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5/9/19  9:17 pm
Commenter: Jay Mendoza

Research clearly demonstrates that conversion therapy is dangerous, harmful, and completely ineffective. But regardless of whether sufficient research exists or not, it's irrelevant. That's because being LGBT is not an illness. Trying to cure homosexuality is as absurd as trying to cure heterosexuality. Conversion therapy is downright unethical. To thrive in a moral and just society we must allow for reason and sound science to drive policy. We as a society must stand strong against ignorance fueled by homophobia, hate, and dogma. The discredited practice not only lacks medical justification but greatly increases the risks or depression, suicide, anxiety, and self harm among LGBT children. We must protect our children at all costs and stop punishing them for being born the way they were. It is now time to put a ban on this horrific practice.
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