Sunday, 29 January 2012
RETIRED CLERGY SUDDENLY BECOME
EXPERTS ON PSYCHIATRY
From PINK PAPER:
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey and the former Bishop of Rochester, Rt Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali have leapt to the defence of a psychotherapist who is facing a ban by her professional body after trying to ‘cure’ a gay man of his homosexuality.
Lesley Pilkington, a practising Christian, awaits an appeal hearing on Wednesday against her suspension by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), after she was recorded using reparative therapy on undercover journalist Patrick Strudwick at her home in 2009.
In a letter to the BACP, the clergy argue: “Psychological care for those who are distressed by unwanted homosexual attractions has been shown to yield a range of beneficial client outcomes, especially in motivated clients ... Such therapy does not produce harm despite the Royal College of Psychiatrists and others maintaining the contrary.”
The BACP board concluded last year that Pilkington “had allowed her personal preconceived views about gay lifestyle and sexual orientation to affect her professional relationship in a way that was prejudicial.” It also described Pilkington’s methods as “reckless”, “disrespectful”, “dogmatic” and “unprofessional”.
COMMENT: Respect due to the god-complexed shrink - she did manage to cure the man of being an undercover journalist even though most experts believe that people are born journalistic and that there's nothing you can do to change them.
Posted by MadPriest at Sunday, January 29, 2012