Members include leaders in the field of homosexuality, experienced mental health professionals and professionals wanting to learn about the field. Do you feel isolated and alone in this important clinical work you are doing? Do you want to get involved in the cutting edge developments in the field? Then get connected with other mental health professionals in the field of treating unwanted same sex attraction. All licensed mental health professionals are invited to join the on going conversation.
Recent topics have included a heated debate on "Why Psychology Must Change" by David Blakeslee, Ph.D. Dr. Blakeslee gave a presentation at a previous NARTH conference and wrote an article by the same name for the NARTH Bulletin. Dr. Blakeslee led the discussion online and he is a regular participant on the clinical members' discussion list. The article was about how psychology discounts the traditional philosophical understanding of human behavior and development. This discounting by psychology is having a negative effect on the culture and is contributing to the general cultural decline. As you might imagine, this topic sparked a great deal of heated debate and conversation between members of the discussion group.
Another more clinically related discussion was about a research study done by former NARTH Sigmund Freud award winner Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. The title of the study was "Counseling practices as they relate to ratings of helpfulness by consumers of sexual reorientation therapy." This article and subsequent discussion was helpful in a more practical and clinical way. The study identified specific techniques and clinical interventions that are necessary for effective treatment of homosexuality. Dr. Throckmorton led the discussion and we are privileged to have him as a regular participant on the clinical members discussion list.
Currently, Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D., president of NARTH and Dean Byrd, Ph.D. former vice president of NARTH, are answering some questions given to them by the clinical members. This has sparked lively debate. Some of the questions are as follows. Can a former struggler of homosexuality be an effective psychotherapist? Is it possible to emotionally reengage the classic, "disengaged father"? What are some effective therapeutic tools to work through resistance? And finally, Dr. Nicolosi shared how he got into the field of treating homosexuality. This opened the door for many of the members of the clinical discussion group to explain how they got involved in the treatment of homosexuality.
In the future we hope to expand our topics and increase numbers. The next topic will be on the book "Destructive Trends in Mental Heath." In the future we will be discussing and debating Gay parenting and Gay marriage.
If you are interested in signing up go to the NARTH web site and to the following address, http://www.narth.com/menus/discussion.html.
Marc S. Dillworth, Ph.D.
Clinical Member Facilitator