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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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5/14/19  9:05 am
Commenter: Christine M. Kilgore, PMH - NP, CNS (Retired)

NO Conversion Therapy!

As a retired Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist, I have seen, time and time again, the damage done to others, e.g. one's children, by imposing rigid, shaming values upon them.  "Conversion Therapy" is just one example of a damaging practice.  The name, in fact, is deceptive.  A person cannot be "converted" to either homosexuality or away from homosexuality.  Further, the efforts to change one's orientation is far from "therapy".  It is potentially very harmful, resulting only in further stigmatization and self-hatred.  I agree that parents must guide their offspring toward healthy adulthood, but that does not, inherently, sanction such a dangerous endeavor. Please proceed with the ban on "Conversion Therapy"!

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