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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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5/14/19  8:28 am
Commenter: Christine McNerney

Family is the basic cell of society

Children are taught and formed in the family structure. Please allow parents their God given duty to "raise their children up" in the ways of God.  Parents are closest to their children and know them best. Allow parents the right to choose loving ways to help their children be the person God created them to be.

The proposed definition and ban coer all communication between a social wroker and the client, there is a serious risk that children and families will lose the right to client "self-determination" i setting car goals (a core principle of the National Association  of Social Workers Code of Ethics). 

Parents are closest to their child's challenges and they are in the best position to identify solutions and to make health care solutions decisions involving the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of their child. 

It is for this reason I oppose the Board of Social Work's misguided and unconsititutional proposal.