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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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5/11/19  10:00 pm
Commenter: John K Donovan

Ban conversion of alcoholics to sober persons!

Your attempt to circumvent scientific inquiry is dishonest and ignorant.  It took the success of self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, narcotics anonymous, and overeaters anonymous to force the medical profession to recognize compulsive behaviors as diseases and not just a lack of will power or a moral weakness.  By banning attempts to use psychotherapy to treat a patient’s dis-ease with their internal thought life is no different than big pharma withholding new medical discoveries because they will cut into their profits (for example, decades of mylanta sales versus a doctor finding the cure for stomach ulcers - big pharma didn’t want the cure, they wanted patients buying their product). You want the patients feelings of dis-ease to continue for decades because it would bring you their money and increase you voting base. 

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