Changes at NARTH, PFOX

Without fanfare, NARTH and PFOX have eliminated most references to Richard Cohen from their websites. Although it is hard to know exactly what it means, this is a pretty significant move. … [Read more...]

Holding therapy and the Sexual Identity Therapy Framework

In light of the Exodus statement regarding the techniques displayed by Richard Cohen in the media, I thought it good to point out that the sexual identity therapy framework specifically identifies "holding therapy" as being inappropriate. From the framework:Therapists should maintain professional boundaries in the therapeutic relationship. Therapists should follow ethical guidelines of their profession in conducting sexual identity therapy. Some approaches to sexual reorientation may blend … [Read more...]

Exodus makes public statement regarding Richard Cohen

This statement was posted this afternoon on the Exodus International website:Statement on Richard CohenExodus International does not endorse the work of Richard Cohen or the methods utilized in his practice. Some of the techniques Mr. Cohen employs could be detrimental to an individual's understanding of healthy relational boundaries and disruptive to the psychological and emotional development of men and women seeking clinical counsel and aid.UPDATE: Alan Chambers has resigned from … [Read more...]

Richard Cohen on the The Daily Show

It's like deju vu all over again. Wanna be a CSRC? I kept wondering when Donnie Davies was going to appear.UPDATE: 3/22/07 Randy Thomas of Exodus weighs in on the Daily Show appearance. The comments on his posts are interesting as well.Also, You Tube has taken the video down as a result of their dispute with Viacom over copyrighted content. … [Read more...]

People magazine on Ted Haggard and reparative therapy

The February 26 issue of People magazine has a story on Ted Haggard and reparative therapy. The article references the comments or views of Rev. Haggard, his overseers, Richard Cohen, Joe Nicolosi, Bob Spitzer, Jack Drescher, Peterson Toscano, and Dan Gonzales.As with most pieces on the subject, this one oversimplifies the intersection of faith and sexuality. I do note that psychiatrist Jack Drescher is getting more creative in his characterizations of change programs -- "it's a giant … [Read more...]

New York Times covers sexual reorientation issue

Michael Luo has a story in the New York Times this morning titled, "Some Tormented by Homosexuality Look to a Controversial Therapy." Intended to provide coverage of reorientation efforts in the greater New York City area, the article reviews some familiar ground.The article focuses on Corey Larson, a young man who is seeking change through People Can Change and David Matheson, a student of Joe Nicolosi's. At first read, it looks to me like a surface review of some issues that breaks little … [Read more...]

NARTH adopts Leona Tyler Principle

February 8, 2007 - The Leona Tyler Principle, adopted by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1973, has just been unanimously adopted by NARTH's Governing Board on the advice of its Scientific Advisory Committee.In essence, the principle states that when psychologists are speaking as members of their profession, any advocacy in which they engage should be based on scientific data and demonstrable professional experience. Perhaps Dr. Tyler, then APA's president, was able to foresee … [Read more...]

Mental health status and homosexuality

Since the LA Times article appeared in October, I have received several emails asking about various aspects of my views that were reported in the article. Some ask about my view that same-sex attraction does not always stem from poor parenting, others ask about my views on homosexuality and increased risk for pathology. I have covered the parenting issues in prior posts and want to address briefly the matter of risk for pathology.Some wrote to say that when I was characterized by reporter … [Read more...]