with Peter Levy, BBC Radio Humberside
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with Peter Levy, BBC Radio Humberside
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From Christian Concern
Please pray for Dr Mike Davidson, Director of Core Issues Trust (CIT), who is attending a critical meeting of the professional body for Christian counsellors, to appeal against its decision to ban CIT and individual therapists from offering help to men and women with unwanted same-sex attraction.
At 2pm tomorrow in Grantham (Wednesday 23 April) Dr Davidson will address a special meeting of the Executive of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) which has banned its members from offering therapeutic support to people who want to reduce or possibly eliminate same-sex feelings.
The ACC has refused to renew CIT’s membership after Dr Davidson raised concerns about a statement it issued in January, forbidding its members from offering help to people who want to change their sexual orientation and condemning what it calls ‘reparative’ or ‘conversion’ therapy.
Dr Davidson will tell the Chairman of the ACC, Rev. Tony Ruddle, and his Executive body, that: “There are no known registered and practising Reparative Therapists in the UK, and ‘conversion’ therapy is a pejorative term which tends to discredit serious and scientifically supported Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE). Core Issues Trust practices neither of these therapies, but offers support to individuals voluntarily seeking to alter unwanted same-sex feelings.”
Dr Davidson will tell tomorrow’s Executive body that under the Equalities Act (2010) discrimination against a person because of their past actual or perceived sexual orientation, or because their sexual orientation has changed, is unlawful. He will say the ACC appears to misunderstand the provisions of the act as only protecting Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transexual people (LGBT). He will ask the Executive to call a special members’ meeting at which he can put his case.
“The ACC should be supporting professional Christian therapists who want to help individuals who have voluntarily sought to change their sexual identity, practices or feelings. It should not be banning professional counsellors or discriminating against a vulnerable minority who seek change therapy,” says Dr Davidson.
Andrea Williams of Christian Concern says:
From People can Change
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By Daniel Martin, Mailonline
NHS family doctors may be referring gay people for controversial treatments designed to change their sexuality, a minister said last night.
Norman Lamb, the care services minister, has written to NHS England to demand assurances that GPs are not making referrals for gay conversion therapy.
He said it would be ‘entirely wrong’ for GPs or mental health professionals to do so, and that if any evidence comes to light he would act quickly to ‘eradicate’ it.
However, he ruled out a complete ban on gay conversion therapy in the Health Service, saying he did not want doctors to fear prosecution merely for counselling someone coming to terms with their sexuality.
The vast majority of health professionals say the so-called ‘therapy’ belongs to a past when homosexuality was illegal and when people believed sexuality was a choice.
By James Parker, International Business TImes
I guess I became straight by accident. It was never a grand plan; the therapy was an attempt to resolve commitment issues, rather than sexual identity. I never had any desire to change my sexuality. But that's what happened – in fact I changed everything.
Having had hundreds of homosexual partners, I eventually married a woman and had a child. And my whole outlook on life changed. I grew from a loud and arrogant person, trying desperately to mask my deep insecurities in group situations, into a strong, assertive guy who loved sports and war films. At the age of 46, I've never felt better in my own skin.
But before we get into the details of my conversion, let's go back to the beginning.
I knew I was gay at about 10 or 11. My cousin himself had come out and I realised my own attractions were the same. At the age of 10 or 11 boys start getting interested in girls, but I was only interested in boys. I was definitely a number six on the Kinsey Scale – an exclusively homosexual male with no heterosexual desires whatsoever.
Teenage years were hell. I often thought of suicide, occasionally self-harmed and had a growing problem with alcohol and gay porn. I came out to my parents when I was 17, in floods of tears. But mum and dad were amazing; they said they had known I was gay and then affirmed their unconditional love for me. My mates at school also told me they had known for some time and supported me. The 'coming out' process wasn't tortuous or traumatic.
At 18 I moved to London from the north of England and fully embraced my gay identity. I became the first person to live openly as a gay man in the section of the university I attended, and even established an LGBT group for other students, actively preaching against those who suggested that being gay was somehow a choice, or even wrong.
I had a conversation with a friend today who admitted he was harboring a desire for a gay romantic relationship. I thought a moment and realized that not too long ago I could have said the same.
Maybe a year ago when I was feeling lonely or isolated, I could have imagined the same and felt the draw of such a relationship. But I've learned a few things. I know what "falling in love" with a man feels like. The feelings are real and powerful and it feels good. It is seductive. But I also know what is really going on. Basically, I'm in love with a series of projections, a process in which a person attributes attributes of him or her self to other persons with whom they are in contact, and transferences, a process by which emotions and desires originally associated with one person, such as a parent or sibling, are unconsciously shifted to another person. This means I'm not really seeing the other person as they truly are. Freud called the things I suppress out of my conscious awareness the subconscious. Jung had a broader definition of the subconscious and called what I suppress my Shadow which is the language we use in almost all men's work from Men at the Cross to Crucible to Journey into Manhood. Most of the work we do in men's work is to help men become aware of their shadows and often to change their unconscious beliefs shaped by those shadows. Jung said I am not consciously aware of my Shadow but one way I can gain awareness of it is through my projections: The false personas I project onto others that they may or may not possess.
A legal opinion rendered on January 27, 2014, by a United Kingdom Court of Appeal (Civil Division) profoundly spoke to a form of discrimination that I suffered during most of my life. The Court said, "Discrimination against a person because of his or her past actual or perceived sexual orientation, or because his or her sexual orientation has changed [from gay to straight, something most people in my life would not understand] is discrimination "because of ….sexual orientation." My personal testimony below will show how inappropriate it is to box someone like myself into a gay identity, after all, change of sexual orientation is entirely possible and I am living proof of that fact.
[...] I was always told by my Aunt in Toronto who first "outed" me to family members, and by therapists of the NHS, and the few friends I told at college about my confused sexuality, that my problems were because I hadn't ‘come out of the closet’ and accept that I was ‘gay’. The conflict between my innermost feelings and messages from the above sources grew intense. Thus, I ended up languishing in the mental health system. They betrayed me by not listening to me and my INNERMOST feelings. Their advice and counsel was simple: I‘ll be OK once I was ‘honest‘ about being ‘gay‘. However, honesty was the last thing they wanted. They didn't want honesty any more than my family wanted honesty. They just wanted another box to fit me in, as they didn’t see me fitting into the ‘straight’ box. This pattern of discrimination because of an assumed sexual orientation clouded my existence and my ability to be the real me.
All through this period of time, I could not find a therapist who would listen to me and help me overcome my sexual feelings for men. However, I noticed a particularly curious thing during this period. Whenever I felt negative about myself and rejected by others, especially if the rejection was by other males, my sexual feelings for men increased. However, whenever I felt somewhat good about myself or affirmed by men, especially by peers and those I perceived to have a strong personality or to be in authority, then I felt more sexual feelings for women and the sexual charges I had for men disappeared. Also my sexual attraction to women would not last long because I perceived that people would consider such an attitude as 'sexually aggressive.' No one at that time could explain this phenomenon to me.
From Voice of the Voiceless
“I was 100% gay, now I am 100% recovered…..the media “spin” on homosexuality makes me feel that I can’t stay silent anymore! Like many young gays, I tried to commit suicide because I didn’t think there was a way out. “
From Line in the Sand
[...] Finally, contrary to the claims of the programme, Dr Jessen did not engage with various therapies. What Dr Jessen did do was the equivalent of someone who is overweight and happy about it going to introduction sessions of the various weight loss organisations and stating at the end that none of them work because they did not help them loose weight. In the late 2000s the APA put together two working parties, one on the validity of perception tests such as the Rorschach the other on therapy for unwanted homosexual feelings. In both cases the APA populated the working groups with those of an already stated opinion. With the perception tests all the people were pro-perception tests, with therapy for unwanted homosexual feeling all the people had already gone public stating that this type of therapy was unethical. It was no surprise when this second working party published a report condemning such therapy as this was the position that the APA wanted published. Dr Jessen has followed in the steps of the authors of this report by making a programme that does nothing but confirm his own prejudice and bias.
As to the answered question of why there are so many therapies? The answer is simple. As I and thousands of others have found – they work (www.voices-of-change.org).
By Neil Midgley, Telegraph
With the first gay marriages in England set to take place in less than two weeks’ time, this country has never been a friendlier place towards gays and lesbians. It’s an obvious moment for TVto consider alternative points of view – particularly those of people who still consider homosexuality to be a disorder, or at least a sin. Hence, Channel 4’s one-off documentary Undercover Doctor: Cure Me, I’m Gay.
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) and Freedom X have filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision upholding California law SB 1172 that bans licensed therapists from providing sexual orientation change counseling to children with unwanted same-sex attractions.
From Voice of the Voiceless
Voice of the Voiceless, an ex-gay advocacy group and the only anti-defamation group for those ex-gays, and those who wish to overcome unwanted homosexual feelings, today questioned the validity of the tonight's Channel 4 programme “Undercover Doctor: Cure Me, I’m Gay” presented by Dr Christian Jessen. Phelim McIntyre, Voice of the Voiceless advisory board member and UK representative, said “While Dr Jessen has shown himself to be a superb presenter on programmes such as Embarrassing Bodies, Voice of the Voiceless have serious concerns about his suitability to present a programme on therapy for unwanted homosexual feelings. While many people would think that Dr Jessen would be the perfect person to prevent such a documentary the reality is that he is, by his own admission, happy in his sexuality. We would not send someone who is happy with their level of drinking to review Alcoholics Anonymous, someone happy to be part of a violent gang to review an anti-gangs programme, so why do we send someone who is happy to be gay to review therapy for those who want to overcome unwanted homosexual feelings? We also have the issue that Dr Jessen does not want to change, we would therefore expect any therapy he undergoes to have little or no effect. Dr Jessen has, prior to the programme being recorded, made statements questioning the validity of the ex-gay movement, something that points strongly to the reality that he went into the programme with a set agenda rather than with an open mind, there by violating the principle of sound documentary making that the presenter is unbiased in their reporting. Having spoken with therapists who work in this field in the UK some were warned off taking part in the programme by their clients specifically because of Dr Jessen’s stated bias. This bias also led some therapists in the United States of America to also refuse to engage Dr Jessen in therapy.
Mr McIntyre continued, “While Voice of the Voiceless allowed Dr Jessen and his team to record the Ex-gay Pride event the organised with other groups that was held in Washington DC last September, and Christopher Doyle, president of Voice of the Voiceless, was interviewed by Dr Jessen they were unaware of Dr Jessen’s sexuality and position until part way through the interview. Voice of the Voiceless has now been informed by Channel 4 that they do not feature in the documentary, despite Mr Doyle having received an email from Channel 4 thanking him for his involvement in the programme and informing him when it is to be shown. After discovering Dr Jessen’s position, Voice of the Voiceless was asked by Dr Jessen to take part in the Cornell Sexuality Test. After research the test Mr Doyle, with the support of the advisory committee, refused due to the academic press stating that the Cornell Sexuality Test is unable to accurately predict the sexuality of an individual participant. As such Voice of the Voiceless felt that it was unprofitable to take part in this aspect of the documentary. Having spoken with other organisations that were involved with the making of the documentary it appears that Dr Jessen was not honest with them about his sexuality and his position on the ex-gay movement, with one only finding out when the documentary was reported on in January of this year.”
by Steve and Janice Graham, PFOX
We are not psychologists, so this isn’t a scientific discussion of our family dynamics or our son’s problems. We just want to share our experience—our real-life, family success story—one that occurred in spite of our faults and failings. I say “OUR” experience because one person’s homosexuality impacts the entire family.
Before our family faced this issue, we knew little about homosexuality except that the behavior went against our religious beliefs. We didn’t know what caused people to think and act this way. We didn’t know our son was at risk, or that there was material promoting homosexuality available to him. We never imagined the danger.
Our son was highly verbal, expressive, sensitive and artistic child. As a result, he began to get singled out for teasing by some of the more macho boys in his peer group. He tended to play with girls rather than boys, because the boys picked on him.
When he was 8, he told us he wished he was a girl. We took him for counseling, but it seemed like an overreaction. We figured he’d grow out of what we later learned was a degree of gender confusion.
As the years passed, it seemed he had “grown out of it.” But the scars left by the peer abuse remained. In retrospect, we wish we’d been more pro-active in affirming our son’s innate maleness and encouraging his masculine traits. A solid sense of
self, and of one’s gender, is essential to healthy sexual development.
Homosexuality isn’t inborn—its the result of some bad luck. That’s what occurred with our son.
From Christian Concern
The Director of the Christian charity, Core Issues Trust, which represents people seeking help to move away from homosexual lifestyles, says the official bodies are "scraping the barrel" to find evidence to discredit therapies that can help people change same-sex feelings.
"Their consensus statement is based on what they 'believe' without a shred of scientific evidence to back their beliefs. The best research available to us contradicts what these mental health bodies profess to ‘believe’. This is ideology which may influence the general public but it must not be allowed to intimidate professional counsellors and therapists who must surely base their opinions on sound science," says Dr Mike Davidson.
From Dr Michael Davidson
Dear ACC Counsellors and Members
Dr Mike Davidson’s 2013 expulsion from BPA (British Psychodrama Association)
As the Director of Core Issues Trust, I was expelled from my trainee membership of the professional body I have been associated with since 2009, in 2013 (Press statements and documentation can be found here). The British Psychodrama Association (BPA) had received no complaint against me, but removed me from membership, on instruction from the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP). This was because I hold a view that homosexuality is neither innate nor immutable and that autonomous individuals – after informed consent, should have access to professional help to manage, reduce or where possible to eliminate homosexual feelings. My views were well known in the training environment I was attached to, prior to me commencing training and as I progressed my training over the next three years. But when I shared these on a BBC programme I was suspended without a hearing, and 18 months later removed from the UKCP/BPA register. Such views were contrary to those of the UKCP, the BPA’s accrediting body. My case, represented by the excellent work of the Christian Legal Centre, is ongoing, but we had hoped that the ACC would remain a professional and pastoral care organisation from which I would receive accreditation and to which CIT would be welcomed to remain in organisational membership. These possibilities are now unclear.
March 4th, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing Comments Off
From Core Issues Trust
The (February 2014) “Conversion Therapy Consensus Statement” produced by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and its partners (The British Psychoanalytic Council, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychological Society, the National Counselling Society, Pink Therapy and Stonewall) is a window into the doctrines of the new orthodoxy of the public square, now expected of all those who would climb its ranks.
The document poses three important questions: (1) What is Conversion Therapy? (2) Why do professionals consider Conversion Therapy unethical? and (3) What does research tell us about Conversion Therapy?
Core Issues Trust offers a brief analysis of the answers this document provides to these three questions. It is very noticeable that in the three main paragraphs of the statement set out below, the controlling principle is expressed not in scientific terms, but in terms of what “we believe”. Of course when so many august bodies express such beliefs in unison, the general public is bound to be impressed. But the scientific community should protest that science is based not on what we believe, but on what we can demonstrate in practice.
March 4th, 2014 Jill Posted in Healing Comments Off
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From Christian Concern
The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) has bowed to pressure from a government statutory body to expel a long-serving member and to deny an accreditation pathway to another, for offering therapeutic support to people with unwanted same-sex attraction. It is now unclear whether organisational members offering professional support in this area are welcome as ACC affiliates.
Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of Christian Legal Centre, commented: "It appears that the ACC has succumbed to pressure from the State. This is highly disturbing."
The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA), which supports the campaign by homosexual activist groups to ban the therapy has asked the ACC to remove accreditation from Lesley Pilkington and Core Issues Trust, a Christian counselling charity headed by Dr Mike Davidson. The ACC is seeking registration from the PSA in line with other professional bodies such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for Therapy (UKCP).
BACP and UKCP have refused to sanction this therapy and banned Lesley Pilkington and Mike Davidson from membership and accreditation. These bodies have alleged, without providing any peer-reviewed scientific evidence, that therapeutic support for clients with unwanted homosexual feelings is harmful practice.