David Pickup's statement follows:
Published on Mar 12, 2012 by davidpickuplmft
Several clinical members of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) have filed a formal ethical complaint against the Board of Directors of the San Francisco chapter of CAMFT.
The therapists have complained about the dissemination of biased and inaccurate statements about SOCE (Sexual Orientation Change Efforts) since the American Psychological Association's publication of Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation (APA, 2009).
Authored by CAMFT member Robert Vazzo, MFT, the complaint delineates how the SF CAMFT Board of Directors has seriously misrepresented the APA's findings on its website (www.sfcamft.org).
CAMFT members are very concerned about the publication of accurate information about SOCE, Vazzo says, as misrepresentation of the facts has resulted in professional marginalization of therapists who do such work, as well as continuing attempts by CAMFT to make SOCE unethical. "What is amazing," Vazzo notes, "is that the Board of Directors of SF-CAMFT has already decided that the best therapy for clients presenting with same-sex attraction is gay-affirmative therapy without any regard for the clients' needs and wishes, cultural or religious values, or therapeutic goals. At a minimum,this constitutes professional irresponsibility because like many forms of SOCE, gay-affirmative therapy has not been subject to rigorous evaluation for safety or effectiveness."
More than 60 therapists, psychologists and doctors signed the complaint, and Vazzo reports that he received many more signatures after the complaint had already been submitted.
CAMFT members have now learned that certain factions within the organization want the Board of Directors of their parent organization to publish a negative statement about SOCE. NARTH members are encouraged to contact the executive director, Jill Epstein, of CAMFT at firstname.lastname@example.org to voice their opposition to such a statement.
Signatories of the ethical complaint remain committed to protecting the rights of clients with unwanted same-sex attractions to pursue change, as well as the rights of clinicians to provide such psychological care.