from Press Releases
For Immediate Release
June 20, 2007
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Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D., 818.789.4440
Encino, California -- National Association For Research & Therapy Of Homosexuality (NARTH) President Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D. has issued the following statement about the recent creation of the American Psychological Association (APA) "Task Force On Appropriate Therapeutic Responses To Sexual Orientation":
This new APA task force was created to monitor "reorientation therapies" - therapy for people who want to decrease their homosexual attractions and develop their heterosexual potential. But the APA has sent the foxes to guard the henhouse. Reorientation therapy is for people who don't want to be gay--and it is now being monitored by gay activists who believe there is no such thing as a formerly gay person!
NARTH nominated a list of highly qualified names to serve on this new committee, but none were chosen. Out of the six individuals finally approved by the APA, five of them are committed gay-affirmative activists who are openly hostile to the reality that individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction can be helped.
The eventual findings of this committee are already predetermined. I predict that once this task force finishes its investigation into "appropriate responses to sexual orientation," it will issue a report calling upon the APA to declare reorientation/reparative therapy to be unethical and harmful. It will then call upon all psychological groups to ban such therapy.
If this activist-committee succeeds in its efforts, thousands of individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions will be unable to have access to qualified therapists to aid them. This is a clear violation of patient autonomy and self-determination, and a blow to the same diversity that the APA claims to champion.
NARTH, founded in 1992, is composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, certified social workers, professional and pastoral counselors and other behavioral scientists, as well as laymen from a wide variety of backgrounds such as law, religion, and education.
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