We recently discovered that Alan Chambers had joined the board of PFOX late last year. In an email reply, Alan said he did so as he thought he could assist them in making positive changes. One of the conditions of this arrangement was that PFOX remove all ties with Richard Cohen, the unlicensed, self described “psychotherapist and educator,” and director of the International Healing Foundation. Cohen has received notoriety for frequently appearing on TV, sometimes in venues one might find questionable (Howard Stern?) for someone claiming to be able to “heal homosexuality.”
To date PFOX remains deeply entrenched in Cohen’s questionable ideology, and Cohen’s own site lists him as “an advisory board member of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).” Citing this, and a heavy work schedule of his own, Alan Chambers has informed us that he has resigned from the board of PFOX and is no longer associated with their operation. At the same time, the following has just appeared on the Exodus web site:
Exodus International does not endorse the work of Richard Cohen or the methods utilized in his practice. Some of the techniques Mr. Cohen employs could be detrimental to an individual’s understanding of healthy relational boundaries and disruptive to the psychological and emotional development of men and women seeking clinical counsel and aid.
We are mindful of the difficulties involved in such decisions, and congratulate Alan and Exodus on their decision, at least in this instance, to separate themselves from those would put their own agenda ahead of those they claim to help.
PFOX remains an Exodus member ministry.