APA abortion and mental health report: Single abortion not a threat to women's mental health

No surprises here. This news release from the APA was distributed late this evening. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 Contact: Kim I. Mills (202) 336-6048 (571) 216-5596 – cell APA TASK FORCE FINDS SINGLE ABORTION NOT A THREAT TO WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH Calls for Better-Designed Future Research BOSTON – There is no credible … Continue reading “APA abortion and mental health report: Single abortion not a threat to women's mental health”

Handicapping the APA abortion and mental health task force report

Last week, I reported the concerns of peace advocates, Consistent Life, about the upcoming American Psychological Association report regarding potential mental health consequences of abortion. In one of their letters to APA President Alan Kazdin, CL Executive Director, Bill Samuel, wrote: It is accordingly with great concern we note APA has not taken sufficient care … Continue reading “Handicapping the APA abortion and mental health task force report”

Anti-violence group expresses concerns over APA abortion task force

Just over a year ago, I reported on the creation by the American Psychological Association of a task force to study the mental health issues related to abortion. The task force is slated to report findings at the August, 2008 annual convention. I have obtained letters of concern regarding the timing and composition of the … Continue reading “Anti-violence group expresses concerns over APA abortion task force”

APA resolution on religion and psychology

At the San Francisco convention, the American Psychological Association passed a resolution regarding the relationship between religion and psychological practice and research. I have posted it elsewhere on the blog for your review. Here I am going to pull out some points relevant to our discussions on sexual identity. It is important for psychology as … Continue reading “APA resolution on religion and psychology”

APA symposium to examine sexual identity therapy

Next week (August 17) I will participate in a symposium on sexual identity conflicts at the American Psychological Association annual conference in San Francisco, CA. Here is the brief description from the association website (scroll down to Division 36): Div. 36 (Psychology of Religion) Friday, 2-2:50 p.m.• Symposium: “Sexual Identity Therapy to Address Religious and … Continue reading “APA symposium to examine sexual identity therapy”

What did the AAPA really say?

Yesterday, Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out posted a video on You Tube criticizing the nomination of James Holsinger for Surgeon General. Wayne criticizes the Dr. Holsinger for his support of an ex-gay ministry in his church in KY. In the video, Wayne says this: “The fact is that every respected mainstream medical and mental … Continue reading “What did the AAPA really say?”

APA and the sexual orientation task force revisited

More on the APA sexual orientation task force. Consider the following excerpt: The charge of the Task Force is threefold: (1) To revise and update the APA resolution Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation (1997); (2) To generate a report that includes the following: (b)The appropriate application of affirmative therapeutic interventions for adults who present … Continue reading “APA and the sexual orientation task force revisited”

Washington Times: APA’s position unchanged

Today’s Washington Times addresses the differences in interpreting APA President Gerald Koocher’s remarks at the APA convention last month. We covered that issue here at that time noting that President Koocher clarified his remarks following the APA Town Hall meeting. The Washington Times site has been down most of the last two days. Here is … Continue reading “Washington Times: APA’s position unchanged”

The APA and Psychology Need Reform: Full remarks of Nicholas Cummings

Nick Cummings has seldom been wrong about trends in psychology and I do not believe he is incorrect now. These remarks were presented at the APA convention in New Orleans, August 12, 2006. Dr. Cummings is a past-president of APA and an innovator of the first order. He was a pioneer in managed behavioral healthcare … Continue reading “The APA and Psychology Need Reform: Full remarks of Nicholas Cummings”

APA President Koocher’s statement about therapy & same-sex attraction

This just in from APA’s Public Affairs office via email from Rhea Farberman: APA Office of Public Affairs (202) 336-5700 Public.Affairs@apa.org August 15, 2006 Statement by Dr. Gerald P. Koocher Concerning Therapeutic Interventions To Deal With Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction During the Town Hall Meeting that took place at APA’s 2006 convention, I was asked about … Continue reading “APA President Koocher’s statement about therapy & same-sex attraction”