Sunday, April 24, 2005

Heterosexual-Affirming Therapy Endorsed by Insurance Behemoth

Heterosexual-Affirming Therapy Endorsed by Insurance Behemoth...despite lack of empirical support.

I started to write about the lawsuit threatened by the Thomas More Law Center against the Gull Lake school district, near Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The TMLC decided to come to the aid of two teachers who had been barred from teaching Intelligent Design (1  2  3). I'm sure, though, that others will write about this, and I probably don't have much to add. 

The TMLC site included a separate news release that I noticed, which deserves a little more attention:
Health Board Reinstates Controversial Therapist
Fri, Apr 22, 2005

(CNSNews.com) - After booting a controversial Christian therapist from its advisory council in February, the nation's largest behavioral health services company this week confirmed it had invited him to participate once again.

A press release from Magellan Health Services on Wednesday announced that Dr. Warren Throckmorton, a psychologist and counselor who advocates what he calls "heterosexual-affirming therapy," will serve on the company's advisory council.

Throckmorton advocates a type of counseling intended to change the orientation of homosexuals who feel uneasy about their sexual preference. [...]
Magellan is an insurance company that contracts with other insurance companies to manage (i.e. restrict) mental health benefits.  In this post, I review the events pertaining to his dismissal and reappointment, an examine the scientific basis for the treatment that he advocates.  It is a treatment that has been denounced, not only by gay/lesbian advocacy groups, but by leading professional organization.  Continue reading here.