ORS 675.850
Prohibition on practice of conversion therapy

  • definitions
  • discipline


A mental health care or social health professional may not practice conversion therapy if the recipient of the conversion therapy is under 18 years of age.


As used in this section:


(A) “Conversion therapy” means providing professional services for the purpose of attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including attempting to change behaviors or expressions of self or to reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender.


“Conversion therapy” does not mean:


Counseling that assists a client who is seeking to undergo a gender transition or who is in the process of undergoing a gender transition; or


Counseling that provides a client with acceptance, support and understanding, or counseling that facilitates a client’s coping, social support and identity exploration or development, including counseling in the form of sexual orientation-neutral or gender identity-neutral interventions provided for the purpose of preventing or addressing unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling is not provided for the purpose of attempting to change the client’s sexual orientation or gender identity.


(A) “Mental health care or social health professional” means:


A licensed psychologist as defined in ORS 675.010 (Definitions for ORS 675.010 to 675.150);


A psychologist associate licensed under ORS 675.065 (Psychologist associate licensing procedure);
(iii) An occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant both as defined in ORS 675.210 (Definitions for ORS 675.210 to 675.340);


A regulated social worker as defined in ORS 675.510 (Definitions for ORS 675.510 to 675.600);


A licensed marriage and family therapist or licensed professional counselor both as defined in ORS 675.705 (Definitions for ORS 675.715 to 675.835); and


An individual who provides counseling as part of an educational or training program necessary to practice any of the professions described in sub-subparagraphs (i) to (v) of this subparagraph.


“Mental health care or social health professional” includes any individual not described in this paragraph who is licensed in this state and whose license authorizes the individual to provide mental health care or social health counseling services.


Any state board that regulates licensees described in subsection (2)(b)(B) of this section may impose any form of discipline that the board may impose on a licensee under the laws of this state for violating a law of this state or a rule adopted by the board. [2015 c.79 §1]
Note: 675.850 (Prohibition on practice of conversion therapy) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 675 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


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Jun. 26, 2021