Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, president of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is concerned that the media isn’t reporting the details of reparative therapy accurately.
“During the past month, Montel Williams and Diane Sawyer have run features dealing with reparative therapy, but neither one of them invited a therapist on their shows to explain it,” said Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D. “Both shows actually dealt with faith-based ministries, not reparative therapy–the approach I developed more than two decades ago. If the mainstream media has any interest in accurately reporting on our therapy, they should invite real reparative therapists to tell their stories.”
Considering Nicolosi’s own bizarre response to CNN’s rather basic questions during a recent Love Won Out event, it’s odd that he would now complain about a lack of investigative interest by the mainstream media. One can sympathize with his desire to save face after the aforementioned tantrum, but Dr. Nicolosi should be reminded that the press is unlikely to submit to his considerable ego in the manner he apparently expects from those around him.
NARTH President-elect A. Dean Byrd, Ph.D., agrees. “Whenever any form of reorientation therapy is discussed in the mainstream media, it usually involves someone who either never went through such therapy, or went through a faith-based process and became disillusioned.
Both Nicolosi and Byrd mention faith-based conversion programs with apparent disdain. Is NARTH now officially expressing what has until now only been rumored — a disagreement with the effectiveness of programs such as Exodus which are not based on his reparative therapy model?