The deficit keeps mounting; hopefully tonight I can get into the black again. Suffice to say, minimal blogging and/or thinking tonight (y’all think we could procure those monkeys some typewriters? All that booze might inspire some HST-esque gonzo brilliance).
For now, I want to further highlight a post featured in yesterday’s blogwhoring orgy. Superlative journalist/blogger Shaun Mullen asks: Why Is Gay Hating James Dobson Still Licensed As a Therapist in Colorado?
There may be no aspect of Dobson’s career where he has wanted and gotten it both ways more than in blurring the lines between his roles as an ordained minister and licensed marriage and family therapist.
Dobson believes that the gay rights movement has “sought to implement a master plan that has had as its centerpiece the utter destruction of the family.” He depicts gays as amoral, polygamous, disease prone and emotionally troubled. Despite his equivocating when it came to Haggard, he claims that he can “cure” gayness through “reparative therapy.”
Such declarations put him at odds with national marriage and family therapy organizations, as well as the American Psychological Association, which states unequivocally in its Diagnostic Statistical Manual that homosexuality is not an illness, mental disorder or emotional problem. The APA has not viewed being gay to be an abnormality since 1973.
Despite being totally out of step with his own profession regarding homosexuality, Dobson remains a licensed marriage and family therapist in Colorado.
Two former members of that state’s Board of Marriage and Family Therapists, speaking anonymously, said that Dobson’s dual role is improper and demeans the profession, but the board’s hands are tied because of a waiver in state law.
“He can’t have it both ways,” said one of the former board members of Dobson’s dual role as a gay-bashing preacher who claims he can cure homosexuality and a licensed therapist. “Is he dealing with someone as a therapist or as a minister? There has to be a distinction.”
Patients treated by therapists “with beliefs rather than nationally accepted principles and standards of diagnoses, prognoses, and treatment can be harmed by the very person they trust to help them,” said the other board member.
“We professionals in psychology and psychotherapy are often the ones who have to fix the breakage done by other psychotherapists. A therapist who tells patients that homosexuality is merely an act of will and as such can be subverted or reverted to something else works in the world of beliefs and not the world of professional standards and accepted practices.”
The entire post is amazing (in other words, please do read the whole damn thing). In the meantime, I’m going to look for some ether, a case of Jim Beam and 1,000 red IBM Selectrics. Oh, and a shiteload of bananas.
Go forth, my simian scribes.