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...]

Kevin Jennings on Brewster: “I can see how I should have handled this situation differently”

The Brody file at CBN is reporting a statement from Kevin Jennings regarding Brewster/Robertson/Thompson: “Twenty one years later I can see how I should have handled this situation differently.  I should have asked for more information and consulted legal or medical authorities. Teachers back then had little training or guidance about this kind of thing. All teachers should have a basic level of preparedness. I would like to see the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools play a bigger role in hel … [Read more...]

The saga of Kevin Jennings and Brewster: Enter Robertson

In an op-ed dated today but available online over the weekend, the Washington Times assails Obama safe-schools appointee, Kevin Jennings for his handling of a 15-year old student's sexual revelations when Jennings was a young teacher.According to Mr. Jennings' own description in a new audiotape discovered by Fox News, the 15-year-old boy met the "older man" in a "bus station bathroom" and was taken to the older man's home that night.FOX News has also reported on this and pointed to that recor … [Read more...]

Altered Sexual Orientation Following Dominant Hemisphere Stroke

Things that make you go, hmmmm....Check out this story of "change."Case ReportThe patient, a 57-year-old right-handed man, sustained his first cerebral vascular accident in the right middle cerebral artery region at the age of 45, which resulted in right-sided hemiparesis that resolved completely within 3 months. He continued to run his private business successfully while living with his mother.The patient lost his father in early childhood. There was no evidence of an emotional … [Read more...]

Spontaneous change compared to therapeutically mediated change

Something has been bothering me, running around in my head since I did the brief series of posts on Dean Byrd's review of LDS book, In Quiet Desperation (here, here and here).In their review of Ty Mansfield's book, Byrd et al make this statement:The book inadvertently limits the power of the Atonement in the lives of people who struggle with homosexual attraction. As professionals with many combined years of practice in treating those with unwanted homosexual attraction, we have witnessed … [Read more...]

Your brain on sex

Well, maybe not your brain but this article is an intriguing review of some research relating to brain scans of sexual arousal. I have not examined the original sources yet (plan to) but wanted to put this up for some TGIF reading.Perhaps the author was unaware of the Safron et al study but I am going to see if there are points of connection.Thanks, Lynn David for the tip. … [Read more...]

My Genes Made Me Do It and brain plasticity

Just a postscript to my earlier posts on brain plasticity and sexual orientation…Neil Whitehead first authored his signature work, My Genes Made Me Do It in 1999. Now he maintains the book on his website saying that “It is under constant review to keep it up-to-date so readers can be asssured (sic) of its on-going relevance.”In chapter 8, on page 6, Whitehead recommends Norman Doidge’s book on brain plasticity. He takes some of the same liberties with Doidge’s book that he does in the Ang … [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...]


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