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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  3:52 pm
Commenter: Thomas V. Esposito, Jr., M.S.W.

In opposition of any regulatory ban on "conversion therapy"

This proposal is a gross overstep of government authority, and comes between the patient and their provider in deciding what is best for them. Helping a client cope with unwanted feelings/desires/drives should never be a restricted practice for social workers and/or therapists, and there is no conclusive study (only selected anecdotal cases) that suggests that Reparative Therapy is damaging or dangerous. This proposal further oversteps the bounds of parental rights and religious freedom in its attempts force such a proposal on the people of Virginia when it has failed in the legislature. I ask this as one with a social work background; is it really the position of the NASW to tell Virginians, "You may not want this, but we know better what you need."?  The lack of consideration of the self-determination of families is appalling. Please withdraw this non-scientifically based proposal.