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Ontario District Branch of the APA Cancels NARTH “Training”

Jim Burroway

April 13th, 2010

Last week, Timothy Kincaid reported that the Ontario District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association had scheduled a seminar to be conducted by NARTH member Joseph Berger to discuss whether gay people should be subjected to psychotherapy. That salon was also advertised as an “accredited group learning activity.” BTB has now learned that the scheduled salon has been canceled.

In an email sent to members by Executive Secretary Colleen Gambier:

Please note that due to unfortunate circumstances, Salon #14 scheduled for May 13, 2010, will not take place. We regret any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at our next Salon on Oct 14, 2010 with Dr. Ash Bender on Workplace Trauma.

In 2006, Berger ignited controversy over suggestions that gender non-conforming children should be exposed to taunting and bullying in schools in order to “re-establish that necessary boundary” of conforming to gender roles. That post on NARTH’s blog was removed after considerable outcry, and the blog was eventually shut down.



Stefano A
April 13th, 2010 | LINK

Geesh! Between their last announced salon and now this one, makes you wonder if the Canadian APA is about as credible as the American College of Pediatrics.

Priya Lynn
April 13th, 2010 | LINK

Cancelled because of “unforseen circumstances”, doesn’t sound like it was cancelled because they came to their senses and realized Narth is a hatemongering sham.

Timothy Kincaid
April 13th, 2010 | LINK

“unfortunate circumstances” = the gay folk found out about Berger’s reparative therapy seminar and started asking uncomfortable questions.

April 13th, 2010 | LINK

I am very sorry that the seminar was canceled. This is another example of politically correct suppression of open scientific debate on issues relating to homosexuality.

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