Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Social Work
Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work [18 VAC 140 ‑ 20]
Unprofessional conduct/practice of conversion therapy
Action 5241
General Information
Action Summary The Board intends to specify in regulations that the requirement for persons licensed or registered by the Board to conduct "one's practice in such a manner so as to make the practice a danger to the health and welfare of one's clients or to the public " precludes the provision of conversion therapy and to define what conversion therapy is and is not. The goal is to align regulations of the Board with the stated policy and ethics for the profession of social work.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005872]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8562 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 08/07/2019.
8763 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 10/30/2020.
9159 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/16/2021.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.