AACC is not larger than the APA

Yesterday, Right Wing Watch pointed to a broadcast  from Liberty Counsel and a tweet from the same group saying that the American Association of Christian Counselors is larger than the American Psychological Association. Here is the still-uncorrected tweet:As RWW pointed out, that is simply not true. The non-profit APA has "more than 154,000 members" and the for profit AACC has said they have "nearly 50,000 members" for several years.There is another aspect to the claims made by Liberty C … [Read more...]

NARTH likes half of the NYT Magazine's coverage of sexual identity issues

NARTH is recommending the Glatze article but not the article by Mimi Swartz which addresses the APA position on sexual orientation change.At least they tell readersWhile the story is his own and does not necessarily represent a typical NARTH client his observations and thoughts are very interesting. They represent a perspective usually missing in the popular press on the subject of homosexuality.Missing from the NARTH post is the perspective of the longer article of the two. Gotta go … [Read more...]

Sexual identity: Thoughts on the status of the reorientation wars

(First posted on August 12, 2009)So now that the dust has started to settle from the APA convention in Toronto, let’s review the status of the Reorientation Wars.Does therapy change orientation?In anticipation of the APA’s report, NARTH fired an opening salvo with their paper (What Research Shows…). Perhaps sensing, incorrectly as it turns out, that the APA would advocate a ban on reorientation therapy, NARTH tossed every positive reference to change they could find into the paper. Th … [Read more...]

Sexual identity: APA sexual orientation task force report – Analysis

(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 … [Read more...]

APA Monitor on the APA sexual orientation and therapy report

The current American Psychological Association Monitor briefly reports on the August report from the Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation. Not much new here for regular readers of the blog. The big news in my view was the treatment of religion which did not get as much coverage as the discouragement of change therapies.The article ends with quotes from NARTH's Julie Hamilton and me.Warren Throckmorton, PhD, an associate professor of psychology and fellow at … [Read more...]

The APA report and the sexual identity therapy framework

The recent American Psychological Association task force report on sexual orientation and psychotherapy included several positive references to the SITF. I have archived those on the SITF website and am providing two here with brief commentary.The abstract of the sexual identity therapy framework (SITF) saysSexual identity conflicts are among the most difficult faced by individuals in our society and raise important clinical, ethical and conceptual problems for mental health … [Read more...]

Blog post at US News & World Report: Does the APA advise a church switch?

Here's the blog post over at Dan Gilgoff's US News and World Report blog, God and Country.The backdrop: The initial article about the APA sexual orientation and therapy report to hit the wire was by David Crary at the AP. However, some (many?) papers truncated the article in such a way that it seemed as though the APA was recommending either celibacy or a church switch as a way to resolve sexual orientation conflict.Not long afterwards, OneNewsNow picked up that point and ran with it. … [Read more...]

WHYY interview with Judith Glassgold about APA task force report

Yesterday, I was on WHYY out of Philadelphia for an interview with Judith Glassgold, chair of the recently released APA Task Force report. Marty Moss-Coane is the host of Radio Times, a show broadcast over NPR as well as locally on WHYY.You can listen to the interview here. It is long (about an hour) but the long format allowed us to unpack the report and some of the clinical issues involved.Among other points, Dr. Glassgold affirmed my understanding and analysis of the APA task force … [Read more...]


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