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What Sort of Talk Would You Give at NARTH’s Convention?

Jim Burroway

March 15th, 2011

NARTH will be holding their 2011 convention the first weekend of November in sunny Phoenix, and they have just issued their call for workshop and plenary session presentations:

Some examples of past successful presentations were those that addressed current rsearch, successful clinical techniques, help for families, therapeutic assistance for women, information helpful to counseling students, issues related to helping adolescents, group therapy, addictions, medical issues related to homosexuality, current legal or policy issues that impact treament availability, programs directed toward helping men, etc.

All proposals for presentations should be received no later than June 10, 2011.

  • Presenter information (professional affiliation, email, phone, fax, address):
  • Presentation Title, Format, Abstract (300 words):
  • Behavioral Learning Objectives for a professional audience:
  • Presenter qualifications (200 word biosketch with includes degrees, license, and professional affiliations):
  • Level of difficulty (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced):

The convention’s theme is — get this — “Beyond Political Correctness: Keeping Clients First.” Even though they say they really want to keep clients first, I doubt they would be interested in hearing from any of you former clients out there.

Ex-gay survivor or not, if you wanted to present a workshop or plenary session, what proposal would you submit? We are accepting your proposals in comments.



Timothy Kincaid
March 15th, 2011 | LINK

Separating Truth from Spin: what is known, what is tentative, and what is unknown about the etiology of sexual orientation. Includes discussion on the results and risks of early prevention efforts.


March 15th, 2011 | LINK

I find it interesting that they’re calling it “keeping clients first” rather than “putting clients first”; the former sounds like it’s about retention and similar “practice-building” concerns.

March 15th, 2011 | LINK

Responding To Scandal: Let’s face it, scandals are a part of every successful therapeutic association dedicated to the truth that same sex attractions (SSA) are changeable. While we may not be able to keep scandals from happening, regularly, we can take steps to address the inevitable media fallout that the pro-gay press is sure to spin. Topics addressed will include:

How long to distance yourself from the scandal causer before quietly embracing them again.

Counterattacking the exposers of your scandal vs. scrubbing all information from your websites and promotional materials: which approach does this particular scandal call for?

1001 situations that can be partially or wholly defused with accusations of Political Correctness.

12 handy options for avoiding having to explain what “Change” means.

Paul Cameron- should we?

Coffee and bagels will be available.

March 15th, 2011 | LINK

The Mormon Connection.

March 16th, 2011 | LINK

Surviving Exodus: examining the lives of former Exodus participants. An in depth and exhaustive study of the pain, suffering, spiritual torment inflicted by Exodus’ intervention in LGBT lives with an emphasis on the long-term costs of recovering from the personal damage. Includes an It Gets Better style response illustrating how LGBT individuals thrive after leaving, and in spite of, Exodus’ meddling efforts.

March 16th, 2011 | LINK

Perhaps with a follow up suggesting the dollar value of the reparations for which Exodus might reasonably be held accountable. (I’d expect a boatload of reimbursement for REAL professional therapy.)

March 16th, 2011 | LINK

Present the gist, pith, essence of the landmark meta-analysis [love the jargon] by social psychologists entitled “Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition” (ah, there’s that jargon again). It captures the toxic strand in conservative thought. The Key to Why they Believe as they Do.

No, wait: from there you could do a dandy presentation, “Natural Law Mind-set as a Religion,” which is what NARTH is. [“Religion” = that which gives “a frame of orientation and an object of devotion.]

Glad I thought of this. NARTH once made a fair statement that they include spirituality, but the earlier statement was “we remain a scientific objective…” blah blah yadda…..

CHESTER, flaneur and homophilic parasexual

March 16th, 2011 | LINK

Paul Cameron- should we?

Actually it appears that doesn’t need to be in the presentation, as NARTH has already answered in the affirmative. Right now they have Cameron headlining their website with his bogus children of LGBTs more likely to be LGBT “study.”

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