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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  7:47 pm
Commenter: Kristi Martin

Conversion therapy is unethical and harmful

Conversion therapy is ineffective and harmful to youth and the people this “therapy” supposedly serves. As a social worker, my ethics guide me to use only therapeutic interventions that are shown to be effective and that do no harm. Conversion therapy has not been shown to be effective and it certainly does harm. I understand the importance of parents rights to make medical choices for children; however, as a parent I want to be sure that any available therapy services will help and, at the very least, do my children no harm.