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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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5/13/19  5:08 pm
Commenter: Brian Lawson

Conversion Therapy is unethical and cruel.
The entire practice of conversion therapy is rooted in both religious intolerance and junk science. A person's sexual and romantic proclivities are intrinsic to their individual nature as human beings. There is no logical sense in attempting to coerce an individual into sexual expressions against their will. It is widely accepted as being both cruel and psychologically damaging to patients. It is a relic of a byegone era, long since left behind in favor of unbiased science and study. This practice must be banned like the snake oil it is.