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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  10:54 pm
Commenter: Sandra Jenkins, LCSW

Ban conversion therapy

Conversion “therapy” is an antiquated approach based in ignorance. It was designed to address a “disorder” when our profession mistakenly believed anyone LGBTQ was suffering from a mental health condition. We now know this to be wrong and any such “disorder” was rightfully deleted from the DSM decades ago. Why would our profession still endorse therapy for something now known NOT to be a mental health condition. It ignores the basis of who we are as social workers, and fails to respect the individual with an appreciation for their true self.