(First posted August 5, 2009) Earlier today, the American Psychological Association governing board received the report of the Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Response to Sexual Orientation. The report and press release were embargoed until now. With this post, I want to comment on the paper and recommendations made by the Task Force. Generally, I believe the paper to be a high quality report of the evidence regarding sexual orientation and therapy. The authors of the paper (see this post… Read more

(First posted October 1, 2007) Warning: Long post… This post could be part three of the series on sexual identity therapy and neutrality but I chose this title because I want to focus on one specific issue, at least in my mind, with telling psychotherapy clients that “our bodies tell us who we are.” Saying something like this to a client is the expression of a natural law argument that is expressed by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi in his article “Why… Read more

A reminder: I have a page dedicated to an examination of evidence for reparative therapy. More accurately, the page addresses the flaws of the theory and finds it inadequate as a general theory of same-sex attraction. Here is a sampling: Posts on the theory Reparative therapy for females – Discounts Janelle Hallman’s thesis that lesbians do not have “selves.” Father – Son estrangement – This brief post quotes research on father-son relationships in general and how that relates to the… Read more

This short 1966 classic brought the heat. Heads up: during the summer, I will be putting up some “best hits” from the past. I have some writing projects that I must get done and won’t be able to blog as consistently as usual. This week, I will put up some posts on reparative therapy with a couple of new posts about an article coming up in the New York Time weekend magazine on sexual identity therapy. I think it will… Read more

In this segment, Ryan Kendall, former reparative therapyclient, alleges that he was mistreated by Joseph Nicolosi. For his part, Nicolosi can’t remember Kendall. CNN’s Randi Kaye produces bills and documentation from the clinic but Nicolosi can’t recall the sessions. This is a component of the segment that I wanted to know more about. Read more

Huffington Post just published my op-ed about the Kirk Murphy story featured at Box Turtle Bulletin and CNN. Part 3 of the series on CNN wraps up tonight with former reparative therapy client, Ryan Kendall, and his former therapist (according to Kendall) Joseph Nicolosi. Here is the first few paragraphs, go on over to HuffPo and give the rest a read: Last week, Chuck Colson used his Breakpoint radio show and column to promote the theory that one can prevent homosexuality by altering… Read more

At the end of Part 2 posted below, Ryan Kendall was on giving a preview of his appearance in Part 3 of the Sissy Boy series, on tonight. After Kendall was on, Anderson Cooper said that Kendall’s therapist would also be on. According to Kendall, his therapist was Joe Nicolosi. We’ll see… Here is Part 2 of the series: You can read some of Kendall’s testimony in the Prop 8 CA gay marriage case here. Read more

Here is part one of Anderson Cooper’s series on the Sissy Boy Experiment involving UCLA and George Rekers. Read more

As noted earlier today, CNN and Box Turtle Bulletin today broke the story of a former child patient of George Rekers who was treated to prevent homosexuality. According to the family, the results were not as portrayed by Rekers and some of the details are so discrepant that I wonder if UCLA will conduct an investigation. Clearly, the situation was not as portrayed in the 1974 report. Rekers went on from this graduate level research to make a name for… Read more

Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin has an extraordinary report on a young man treated by George Rekers in 1970. This is a must read and a significant contribution to understanding the roots of treatment for homosexuality. As most readers of this blog know, George Rekers, former NARTH board member, was caught with a male prostitute last year. His efforts to prevent homosexuality were unsuccessful on that personal level and according to Burroway had tragic consequences for a young man… Read more

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