California Board Accepts Credits From NARTH for Licensing Renewal

Jim Burroway

July 13th, 2011

Licensed therapists need to demonstrate that they are staying current in their field through the accumulation of Continuing Education credits. A few earn these credits by taking additional coursework, but most earn them by attending lectures, seminars and workshops at conferences and conventions put on by a large number of organizations.

California-licensed mental health professionals can earn Continuing Education credits from the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), according to a CE provider list dated May 1 (PDF: 1MB/87 pages) from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Number 1240, see page 15). You will recall that George Rekers sat on NARTH’s Scientific Advisory Board as well as its Board of Directors. In June 1, we exposed Rekers’s fraudulent reporting of his most “successful” gay cure, that of five-year-old Kirk Murphy who committed suicide at the age of thirty-eight. Every major mental health and medical organization has condemned ex-gay therapy, yet NARTH’s accreditation for providing CU credits provides cover for therapists who try to cure that which is not an illness.

The Continuing Education Coordinator for the CBBS can be contacted at You can also contact Executive Officer Kim Madsen and Assistant Executive Officer Tracy Rhine at:

Board of Behavioral Sciences
1625 N Market Blvd., Suite S-200
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 574-7830
Fax: (916) 574-8625

[via Towleroad]

Regan DuCasse

July 13th, 2011

Well, this is a contradiction. Wasn’t there a recent, legally ordered court decision that homosexuality is NOT a disorder, mental problem or behavioral dysfunction?

NARTH’s SOLE purpose is to continue to stereotype and misdiagnose homosexuality.
So, because of this recent legal precedent, NARTH’s activity is ILLEGAL? Or if not, certifiably UNETHICAL?

Doesn’t this certification board KNOW all this? More importantly, shouldn’t NARTH produce some viable records of EFFICACY?
After all, when an intervention doesn’t work, or becomes unnecessary, medial and psychiatric professionals are required to CEASE the intervention.

Why is NARTH an exception to this?


July 13th, 2011

Not to excuse, but I really wouldn’t be surprised if the CBBS just spits out the previous list unless so notified. I’d be willing to bet ($0.01 :) that no one bothered to point this out before. I’m guessing the list will be updated soon.


July 13th, 2011

Can they get credit for taking courses on Wicca, or getting hands-on learning of spells and hexes? If not I think someone should lobby for it.

Richard Rush

July 13th, 2011

WTF? What’s next? Continuing Education credits for attending church, or Peter LaBarbera’s “Truth” Academy, or a Michele Bachmann rally where Marcus is participating? In today’s America there is a new WTF-moment almost every day hour.

Gregory Peterson

July 13th, 2011

This sort of reminds me of when New Mexico allowed homeschoolers to take mandatory testing from then officially racist Bob Jones University’s testing service.


July 14th, 2011


The APA (psychological) gives credits for those who attend the annual American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) meeting.

It’s in their brochure.

AACC isn’t as overtly hateful as NARTH, but they promote and defend ex-gay therapy just as ardently.

Presenters/defenders of ex-gay therapy at AACC are often Tim Clinton (Falwell/Liberty University)- he’s the President of the organization; Mark Yarhouse from Pat Robertson/Regent U;
Mat Staver, usually presenting on legal issues in defending those who do ex-gay
therapy. Both Janelle Hallman and Warren Throckmorton have presented

Every year there are several sessions on homosexuality – some lesser known names as well.

AACC deserves to be monitored as closely as NARTH, and we need to let the professional organizations know what they are supporting (if they don’t already).


July 15th, 2011

Let people do what they want. Why do you try to force everyone into your world view? It’s really shameful that you feel the need to intrude on others’ lives. What a shame how you choose to spend your energy.

Richard Rush

July 15th, 2011


Let people do what they want. Why do you try to force everyone into your world view? It’s really shameful that you feel the need to intrude on others’ lives. What a shame how you choose to spend your energy.

Well said! I agree completely!

I never quite understood why so many Christians, and some others, relentlessly meddle in the lives of others. Gay people just want to be treated equally under the law, and to be free of the relentless badgering to make them feel ashamed, sick, broken, and otherwise defective. As you said, it’s really shameful to feel the need to intrude on others’ lives.


August 3rd, 2011

This is probably because David Pickup (affliated with NARTH and who also spoke at the 2010 Exodus conference) is connected with the California Board. Here’s his bio from the 2008 NARTH conference listing found at

David Pickup, M.A., IMF
David H. Pickup holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. He is currently registered with the California Board of Psychology as a Psych Assistant and with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. David is interning under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi at Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic in Encino, California. His work is centered on young boys who are struggling with Gender Identification Disorder and with adolescents and adult men who are dealing with same-sex attraction. David is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and is also a Life Coach for men working out of same-sex attraction. He operates The WorkOUT program and website, which includes individual and group coaching for men in Los Angeles and in several different countries. David speaks on Reparative Therapy and its practical applications for churches and men’s groups in the southern California area. He is also a senior staff member of The Mankind Project’s intensive weekend trainings for men in the Los Angeles area.

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