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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  10:52 am
Commenter: Aleta E. Strickland, Ed.S., NCSP, Louisa Psychological Consulting, PC

Protect vulnerable youth and end child abuse disguised as mental health treatment.

Sexual orientation conversion therapy refers to counseling and psychotherapy to attempt to eliminate individuals’ sexual desires for members of their own sex. Typically, sexual orientation conversion therapy is promoted by providers who have close ties to religious institutions and organizations.  This is not therapy at all but is child abuse. The idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder or that the emergence of same-sex attraction and orientation among some adolescents is in any way abnormal or mentally unhealthy has no support among any mainstream health and mental health professional organizations. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS, American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists together, representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured.” The only proven result in children subjected to this torture is that they are more likely to attempt and/or complete suicide. Or is that the goal?