The New Creed for Gay Science: A Consensus Statement from UK Professional Mental Health Bodies

From Core Issues Trust

The (February 2014) “Conversion Therapy Consensus Statement” produced by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and its partners (The British Psychoanalytic Council, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychological Society, the National Counselling Society, Pink Therapy and Stonewall) is a window into the doctrines of the new orthodoxy of the public square, now expected of all those who would climb its ranks.

The document poses three important questions: (1) What is Conversion Therapy? (2) Why do professionals consider Conversion Therapy unethical? and (3) What does research tell us about Conversion Therapy?

Core Issues Trust offers a brief analysis of the answers this document provides to these three questions. It is very noticeable that in the three main paragraphs of the statement set out below, the controlling principle is expressed not in scientific terms, but in terms of what “we believe”. Of course when so many august bodies express such beliefs in unison, the general public is bound to be impressed. But the scientific community should protest that science is based not on what we believe, but on what we can demonstrate in practice.

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