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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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5/10/19  12:20 pm
Commenter: Linda Ramler

reparative therapy

My concern is that reparative therapy might be removed as an option for those receiving counseling. I do not agree with forcing someone into reparative therapy as has been done on occasion but there are those who do, and will in the future, seek such therapy for a variety of reasons, both personal and religious. To deny them therapy when they desire it is at least as harmful as forcing it on those who don't want it. Please make sure all regulations are formed with that in mind.

Thank you for your careful consideration on this subject.