VIRGINIA BEACH, August 27, 2002 (LSN.ca) - The Spring 2002 American Psychological Association journal, “Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training”, contains an article supporting the provision of sexual reorientation therapy.  In “Ethical Issues In Attempts To Ban Reorientation Therapies,” Drs. Mark A. Yarhouse and Warren Throckmorton argue that the therapy is both ethical and effective.

The authors present 3 arguments in favor of providing reorientation and related services: (a) respect for the autonomy and self-determination of persons, (b) respect for valuative frameworks, creeds, and religious values regarding the moral status of same-sex behavior, and (c) service provision given the scientific evidence that efforts to change thoughts, behaviors, and feeling-based sexual orientation can be successful.  (journal reference:  Psychotherapy: Theory/Research/Practice/Training, Vol. 39, No. 1, 66-75, Copyright 2002 by the Educational Publishing Foundation)

See the abstract of the journal article:  http://www.apa.org/journals/pst/spring02ab.html#7