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04/20/2011

National Org. For Marriage's Ruth Institute now pushing 'ex-gay' therapy

by Jeremy Hooper

NOM-adffiliate-buttonIn a new post to their blog, the Ruth Institute, an official National Organization for Marriage affiliate, is lending credence to the "ex-gay" advocacy of one Dr. Phillip Sutton, who is himself an affiliate of the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) [and who is also editor of NARTH's so-called Journal of Human Sexuality, a self-published document they've been trying to push out as a credible scientific journal]. Here's the kind of "change" mentality that NOM's Ruth Institute is working to cultivate among their supposedly civil-marriage-focused flock:

"Reparative therapy technically is an approach to providing psychological care for unwanted SSA which is strongly influenced by the ideas and techniques of the psychoanalytic and other psychodynamic schools of therapy. Joseph Nicolosi is perhaps the best known therapist practicing and teaching this approach at the present time.

While I certainly have studied and received professional training in the conduct of “reparative therapy”, and do use some of the interventions commonly practiced for helping clients become aware of, feel and express or otherwise resolve feelings about which they are unaware, my own approach looks and sounds different. To those knowledgeable about psychotherapy, my approach reflects a number of influences: cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), assertiveness training, family systems (especially structural, strategic, conjugal relational enhancement), the Twelve Step model (fraternal and mentor support to achieve sobriety -- sexual self-control, the resolution of “core issues” in the pursuit of “serenity”, or peace of mind and joy of heart). I also encourage the regular practice of journaling, relaxation and meditative prayer in my work (as do many “reparative therapists” and others trained in other approaches to psychotherapy).
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"Please do not condone, excuse or enable behavior that ultimately will be harmful to their medical, psychological, relational, and spiritual health. 'Misguided mercy' is not loving, even if in the short run it avoids or minimizes conflict and leads them to feel less rejected by us and us less rejected by them."
FULL INTERVIEW WITH SUTTON: Same-sex attraction: a therapist’s view [Mercator via NOM's Ruth Institute]

Gays presented as guinea pigs fit for contrived lab study -- science-less experiments whose preconceived methodology demands peaceful, self-accepting findings never be condoned? Weird, why don't we ever see this kind of advocacy in NOM ads?!

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*UPDATE: It's a twofer this morning: National Org. For Marriage's Ruth Institute now pushing "gay=incest" comparisons [G-A-Y]

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