Reparative Therapy Makeover Continues: JONAH Responds to SPLC Suit

A group called Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund has taken on the defense of Jews Offering New Alternatives to Healing (JONAH) against a suit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC complaint alleges that JONAH violated New Jersey's consumer fraud law by promising sexual reorientation to clients without success. The complaint is here.It is very discouraging to see the JONAH complaint framed as a freedom of conscience case. As the complaint outlines, the techniques alleged by the … [Read more...]

Sexual Identity Therapy is Not Reparative Therapy

I have had to make this case several times over the years but the defensive posture of reparative therapists of late makes it necessary to do it again. As more people are coming against reparative drive theory, reparative therapists are softening and in some cases altering their rhetoric regarding what they believe and what they do. Note my posts here and here.In a NBC News article last Wednesday, NARTH's Executive Secretary David Pruden defends reparative therapy with a line of reasoning … [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...]

New York Times on therapy for sexual identity concerns

The New York Times Magazine will have a lengthy print article on sexual identity concerns, especially among evangelical gays this sunday. The well-written article by Mimi Swartz is now up online at this link.I have been away for several days and won't be able to comment much under Sunday or Monday, but I think she did a nice job of bringing together several lines of thinking which led to the sexual identity management/therapy approach to handling sexual identity concerns.  Her descriptions of … [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: Wall Street Journal reports on APA report and sexual identity therapy

(First posted on August 6, 2009)The Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Simon has captured well the application of the APA task force sexual orientation report in an article out this morning. Of course I would say that…The men who seek help from evangelical counselor Warren Throckmorton often are deeply distressed. They have prayed, read Scripture, even married, but they haven’t been able to shake sexual attractions to other men — impulses they believe to be immoral.Dr. Throckmorton is a ps … [Read more...]

Sexual identity: Our bodies tell us who we are

(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 I Am Not a Neutral Therapist.”Our Bodies Tell Us … [Read more...]

Wall Street Journal covers APA task force report and sexual identity therapy

The Wall Street Journal's Stephanie Simon has captured well the application of the APA task force sexual orientation report in an article out this morning. Of course I would say that...The men who seek help from evangelical counselor Warren Throckmorton often are deeply distressed. They have prayed, read Scripture, even married, but they haven't been able to shake sexual attractions to other men -- impulses they believe to be immoral.Dr. Throckmorton is a psychology professor at a … [Read more...]


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