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‘Beyond Critique: The Misuse of Science by UK Professional Mental Health Bodies – a briefing seminar

Date: 30th January, 2013

Time: 2.00 – 16.30

Venue: Central London (Westminster TBC)

Event: Briefing Seminar – registration pre-event

Cost: £5.00 and by invitation




This event focuses on arguments put forward by the Lesbian and Gay Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, which have informed the College’s Response to the Church of England’s Listening Exercise (RCP Special Interest Group, 2007) and its seminal and influential Position Statement on Sexual Orientation (2010). The seminar explores aspects which appear to go beyond the findings of science. It also notes a difference between communications from members of the Special Interest Group to the scientific community and to the religious community respectively. The seminar highlights how such documents have influenced other mental health bodies, including the two largest UK counselling and psychotherapeutic bodies (BACP 2012; UKCP 2011) in forbidding their members from assisting autonomous clients to reduce unwanted homosexual feelings. Attention is given to the UKCP document Guidance on the Practice of Psychological Therapies that Pathologise and/or Seek to Eliminate or Reduce Same Sex Attraction (2011)


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