Same Sex Attraction and Discordant Gender Identity Change, May Have (Treatable) Psychological Causes, and Other Confessions of the American Psychological Association—Expanded and Updated

  • 3 Apr 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
  • 30

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Presented by:  Laura Haynes, Ph.D., Psychologist

When: Apr 3, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Who: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, and Nurses

Cost: $20 for CPA Members, $40 for Non-members, $10 for Students/Clergy Members

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Webinar Description: 

What the American Psychological Association and rigorous research can tell therapists, about cause and change factors in same-sex attraction and gender identity, have gone well beyond the APA 2008 website statement on sexuality, are generally not well known, and arguably support a case for change through therapy. Meanwhile, activism to ban such therapy is debated in professional organizations including the APA, governments, and the United Nations. What do we know about these sexual and gender variations? What can therapists who are open to clients’ goals for change offer them? What is the current status of laws on change-allowing therapy in the U.S. and on court decisions about these laws?

Learning Objectives:

Therapists will gain knowledge they can use with clients about same sex attraction and behavior and gender-sex discordant identity in these areas:

  1. The influence of specific genes, hormones, sexual trauma, family factors, social factors, psychiatric disorders, and some choice on development of sexual or gender variations and potential for change.
  2. Rates and direction of natural change and factors that influence it that clients have a right to know.
  3. Harms of neglecting to evaluate for or treat potential underlying pathological causes with evidence-based treatments and well-established practices.
  4. Where APA-recommended affirmative therapy goes wrong for clients whose same-sex attraction or behavior conflicts with their desire to live according to their religious faith or to save an opposite sex marriage with family. What should be done instead?

  5. What the APA task force report (2009) really said about sexual attraction and behavior change-allowing therapy. Serious scientific flaws in its report. A different research review that is one of the most comprehensive (also in 2009) concluded that change allowing therapy, when it is done right, is safe and effective.

  6. Why even the APA and a number of other organizations caution against socially transitioning children to live as the opposite sex. What are the short and long term harms of the experimental, unscientific, physical procedures being used for simulating the appearance of the opposite sex?

  7. What professional organizations around the world support change-allowing psychotherapy and oppose sterilizing gender-sex discordant children? A professional organization consensus does not, in fact, exist.

  8. What is the status of laws that censor therapy conversations and clients’ goals in change-allowing therapy? What is happening in the United Nations about therapy that is open to a client’s goal of change?

  9. Resources for scientific updates on same sex sexuality, gender-sex discordance, and therapy that is open to a client’s goal of exploring options to these, and legislative updates on censoring therapy conversations


Speaker Bio:

Laura Haynes, Ph.D. reviews research, writes, and speaks internationally on sexuality and gender as they relate to therapy, law, and global policy. She has testified as an expert witness before legislative committee hearings in several states in the U.S., trained therapists from 25 nations, and addressed U.N. diplomats and high level government officials. Dr. Haynes is a General Board member of the International Federation for Therapeutic and Counseling Choice and is its Country Representative for the U.S.A. Organizations such as Family Watch International, Alliance Defending Freedom, and the American College of Pediatricians call on her as a research consultant. She retired from clinical psychology practice in 2018 after more than 40 years experience.

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