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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  2:14 pm
Commenter: citizen

Say no to conversion therapy

The American Psychiatric Association does NOT consider homosexuality a medical condition in need of treament as do most doctors who perform  bonofide research.  In recent history, homosexual youth have been subject to horrendous practices that harken back to the midde ages, like eletric shock and other punitive practices to hormone shots and testical replacement.  Clearly none of them worked.  The famed Psychiatrist,  Dr. Robert Spitzer, who is oft quoted by groups like Focus on the Family, because of a paper he wrote claiming he could  cure homosexuality, actually admitted his study was fatally flawed and made a public apology to homosexuals "for making unproven claims of the efficacy of reparative therapy".  Doctors take an oath to do no harm, and since homosexuality is not a disease, they should not be perfoming unproven therapies for parent.  Churches are not part of the medical  teams and they should be banned from  performing any type of conversion therapy.  I suggest,instead, people gomout amongst the hoeless and meet the children who have been thrown ot of their houses (when they could have been put in foster or adoptive care) and see the dire conditions these children are living under.  Taking care of our children is what needs to be regulated, not altering their genetics.