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Researcher Predicts Rising Unemployment Among Ex-Gay Therapists

Jim Burroway

May 25th, 2012

Dr Brian Mustanksi is the director of the IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program. He has also published several research papers on sexual development and mental health issues of LGBT populations. Today, Dr. Mustanski published a blog post at Psychology Today which gives a run-down on recent events — Dr. Robert Spitzer’s apology, the Pan American Health Organization resolution, the California proposal to regulate ex-gay therapy among licensed therapists — and concludes that ”job prospects are not looking good” if you’re an ex-gay therapist. While times may be getting tough for licensed ex-gay therapists, Dr. Mustanski says that California’s so-called “ban” will not eliminate the ex-gay programs altogether:

While I mentioned in a previous blog that a bill was introduced in the California legislature to outlaw so called “conversion therapy,” I suspect in the U.S. that public policies will have a hard time eliminating the practice in places where it is entrenched. That’s because anyone in the U.S. can call themself a “psychotherapist,” “therapist,” or “counselor” because these are not legally regulated terms (however, calling yourself a psychologist or psychiatrist would be illegal if you don’t have the proper credentials and license). Unfortunately, consumers don’t always know the credentials of their therapist, and I suspect most of the “conversion therapy” practitioners are not licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, or other licensed mental health professionals. If you don’t have a license, you can’t have it taken away.

This goes along with what I noted earlier concerning the limitations of the proposed legislation. A significant chunk of ex-gay counseling is provided by religious ministries rather than professional licensed therapists.

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StraightGrandmother
May 25th, 2012 | LINK

That is okay Jim, we attack where we can and the fallout takes non uniform enemies also.

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