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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  8:55 am
Commenter: James Casey

Opposition to Any Ban on Conversion Therapy

I strongly oppose any regulatory ban on conversion therapies duly chosen by parents to benefit their children.  Not only would any ban restrict basic parental rights to instill critical religious, ethical and moral values, but it would violate the constitutionally protected prerogatives of parents to do what they deem is medically best for the mental, physical and psychological well-being of their minor children.  The more options available to parents, the better equipped they will be to give all needed beneficial assistance to their children.  A blanket ban would c learlystrip them of their responsibility to care for their children, and as such, would violate the Commonwealth's Constitution.

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