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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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5/14/19  8:12 am
Commenter: Kristin Gorak

Regulating conversion therapy

By regulating what counselors are allowed to discuss and say in therapy related to conversion therapy is like handcuffing parents and therapists.  Parents have a right to self-determine the kind of treatment they desire for their minor children.  Having a child with same sex attractions or sexual identity issues would be a challenging parental situation but having ones faith and religious beliefs cast off and deemed irrelevant in helping the child live a moral life is what should be deemed dangerous to the child!  Do not regulate therapists in this way!