APA sexual identity therapy symposium

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The symposium went well with about 130 in attendance. Here are my power point and notes that were distributed. Later, after I get permission from the other presenters, I will post their slides as well.

APA symposium

In the picture below, Lee Beckstead and I are fielding a question; Mark Yarhouse is trying to get us off stage so the man on the left can start his presentation. APA symposium

Above, from left to right, are Mark Yarhouse, Erica Tan and yours truly. Lee had to run off to another session. Thanks to each of the presenters and especially Mark and Lee for organizing the symposium.

8 thoughts on “APA sexual identity therapy symposium”

  1. Just discovered Erica Tan at a presentation I was giving here in Portland on Honoring Religious Values in Mental Health…

    She just moved here last week…pretty cool.

  2. Some thoughts on attendance, 130 is remarkable…especially since it was well attended by people on the two polar sides of this issue. I attended many conferences over the two day period, some had as little as 5 or six attendees. Bandura had several hundred. Topics on torture were extremely well attended. The MMPI-2 revision was about as well attended as the SIT guidelines…and just as respectful.

  3. Boris:

    Why would someone need counseling to decide whether to divorce or not? Have more children or not? Come out of the closet or not?

    Do you have some reason you want to post here? I am fine to have you disagree, but your posts mainly throw bombs and make judgments.

  4. Maybe it was on another thread but I thought someone asked about the attendance. 130 is a pretty good turnout with the large number of excellent sessions occuring simultaneously. Some sessions had 15-20 people. I do not know what an average is but others who attended other symposia said we had the largest crowd of any attended. That is a completely unrandom sample 🙂

  5. Boris,

    When someone has a dilemma or conflict, it is their choice to talk with a therapist – it has nothing to do with you or your choices. Try to look beyond yourself and realize that not everyone thinks the same as you do. The me, me, me look on life does not advance one’s intelligence or ability to get along with others. It only has a temporary effect. Also, what does the word “guidse” mean?

  6. And now tell me WHY does one need psychotherapy in order to uphold a religious choice to be abstinent? Just tell me ONE reason why would there be need for this kind of stuff to be called “therapy” of any kind?

    Knowing Warren’s history this is just another ploy to get some form of reparative therapy some guidse of respectability.

  7. Excerpt from Mark’s abstract that stood out to me:

    “It (SIT) emerged as an alternative to the two often-polarized positions typically offered: (a) reorientation therapy, which in practice can run the risk of under-valuing sexual orientation as a diversity variable and (b) gay-affirmative or gay integrative therapy, which in practice can run the risk of under-valuing religion as a diversity variable.”

    And then this quote from Erica’s:

    “The therapist does not hold out expectations for sexual identity but respects both sexual orientation and religion as primary diversity variables in clinical practice.”

    Sounds like ‘neutrality defined’.

    Warren, you, of course, were brilliant also just not very quotable in this instance.

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