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10/24/2011

Throckmorton on far-right's favorite 'ex-gay' group: Tiny, activist, largely untrained

by Jeremy Hooper
Portraitwt"NARTH is not composed primarily of mental health professionals. Actually, according to NARTH’s operations director, David Pruden, only about 250 of NARTH’s approximately 1000 members are mental health professionals. Furthermore, some of those 250 members who have mental health degrees are academics who write about sexuality but do not provide sexual reorientation therapy. Thus, the lion’s share of NARTH’s members consist of lay people, ministers, and activists who have an interest in the materials provided by NARTH but are not scientists or therapists.

By comparison, the American Psychological Association has 150,000 members. All mental health groups are by far much larger than NARTH. I suspect most, if not all, state chapters of these groups are larger than NARTH.
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-Conservative writer and Grove City College professor Warren Throckmorton, belying the "pro-family" community's repeated attempts to turn the so-called National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality into an influential group with scientific clout [SOURCE]

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