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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  11:49 pm
Commenter: Kathy Benham, LPC, NBC

Ban conversion therapy

It's been over 30 years since homosexuality stopped being a diagnosis.  The very long  list of professional organizations of mental health providers that oppose conversion therapy should leave little doubt that conversion therapy is harmful to LGBT clients.  Extensive academic research supports the damage and dangers of conversion therapy.  This is 2019. Trauma informed care also means doing our best not to traumatize clients and conversion therapy is neither evidence based or patient centered.