Inthe American Association of Christian Counselors amended its code of ethics to eliminate the promotion of conversion therapy for homosexuals and encouraged them to be celibate instead. Beginning in the s and continuing for roughly twenty years, major changes occurred in how analysts viewed homosexuality, which involved a shift in the rhetoric of analysts, some of whom felt free to ridicule and abuse their gay patients. The American Psychological Association 's code of conduct states that "Psychologists respect the dignity and worth of all people, and the rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination", but also that "Psychologists are aware that special safeguards may be necessary to protect the rights and welfare of persons or communities whose vulnerabilities impair autonomous decision making. I have to applaud Dr. Retrieved May 26, I wondered if this was how time was going to work in this place:
It concludes that whatever causes sexual orientation is highly complicated and may vary from person to person.
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Klein claimed that he illustrated pathologies that enter into all forms of homosexuality: But it took effort for him to get to this point. The highest-profile advocates of conversion therapy today tend to be fundamentalist Christian groups and other organizations which use a religious justification for the therapy rather than speaking of homosexuality as "a disease". However, a spokesperson for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland said that it continues to "reject homophobia". In response to Yarhouse's paper, Jack Drescher argued that "any putative ethical obligation to refer a patient for reparative therapy is outweighed by a stronger ethical obligation to keep patients away from mental health practitioners who engage in questionable clinical practices".
Spitzer renounced his infamous study that said that some highly motivated homosexuals could change from gay to straight. Huffington Post11 September No ban on conversion therapy. They suggest counselors do not refer clients to a conversion therapist or to proceed cautiously once they know the counselor fully informs clients of the unproven nature of the treatment and the potential risks. Reliability and validity are the foundations of scientific research in studying human behavior. Why investigate Christianity if you're gay?