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Stop Conversion Therapy -- It's Based on Pseudoscience

Elizabeth Yuko | Posted 10.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Yuko

A report released on October 15 is a major step in President Obama's commitment to expand the number of states enacting "Leelah's Law," which would ban the use of conversion therapy to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of lesbian, gay and transgender children and youth.

The Post-Mortem on the APA's Dead-On-Arrival Policy Statement On Video Games

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 09.15.2015 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

ack in August the American Psychological Association (APA) released a new policy statement on video games in which they acknowledged video game violence can't be linked to violent crimes, but asserted that such games provoke milder acts of aggression.

Why Ethical Psychologists Play an Important Role in Interrogations

Anne Speckhard | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Anne Speckhard

On Aug. 7, the American Psychological Association overwhelmingly approved a sweeping ban on any involvement by psychologists in national security interrogations conducted by the U.S. government. This ban includes even non-coercive interrogations.

10 Reasons Why You Might Be Financially Stressed

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

How financially stressed are you? Here are some major indicators of financial stress with suggestions for taking action.

Heroism Defeats Torture at the American Psychological Association

Bryant Welch | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Bryant Welch

This last-minute rescue of nothing less than the soul of American psychology was the work of six psychology heroes who performed the most effective and improbable advocacy success in the history of American psychology.

To Ensure No Harm, Shouldn't a Psychologist Be in the Interrogation Room?: The APA Ban on Torture

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Finally: Last week, after a ten-year internal struggle, the American Psychological Association voted to ban its member psychologists from any involvement in national security interrogations and, more to the point, in torture.

Torture, Psychology and the Real APA

David Moshman | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
David Moshman

Once psychologists used their knowledge of human behavior to understand, help and heal. Now psychologists were using their expertise to destroy the fundamental psychological integrity of people held captive outside the criminal justice system.

The Brutal Toll of Psychologists' Role in Torture

Donna McKay | Posted 08.06.2015 | Crime
Donna McKay

Acknowledgment accompanied by justice and accountability helps restore that sense of control. But for national security detainees held by the U.S. government and its proxies, justice and accountability are being systematically denied as a matter of law.

Torture and the Psychologists

Paula Gordon | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Even if torture works, it's a really, really bad idea. That anyone does it is appalling. That American psychologists participate in and endorse torture is outrageous. The APA and its adherents lose any semblance of credibility.

The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015) Movie Trailer: An Allegory for the APA Ethics-Torture Fiasco

Paul G. Mattiuzzi | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Paul G. Mattiuzzi

The APA now finds itself in a position similar to that of Herman Melville's Billy Budd. Rather than exuding goodness, the association exhibited naivete. Billy Budd's naive innocence was a fault, not a virtue, and he was corrupted by evil because he failed to recognize it when it stared him in the face.

Our Psychological Crisis: Making Sense of the American Psychological Association's Collusion with Torture

Deborah Kory | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics
Deborah Kory

What shocks me is how shocked my professional community suddenly seems to be, since much of the information in the Hoffman report has been available to the public for many years, thanks to the ceaseless work of activist psychologists like Steven Reisner, Stephen Soldz, and Jean Maria Arrigo, who first blew the whistle on the APA's cover up back in 2006.

5 Steps to Choosing Torture: Psychologists Breaking Bad

Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2015 | Science
Daniel Griffin, Ph.D.

There are literally hundreds of empirical studies and well-thought-out concepts that explain why people do dumb things. But none of this excuses the despicable choices made by psychologists within the APA. They knowingly caused harm to other human beings.

When Therapy Becomes Torture

Carol Smaldino | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

It is a stretch for many to put ourselves in the shoes of those tortured for what we assumed were reasons of their being at least potential threats.

Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing.

How Awe-Inspiring Experiences Can Make You A More Altruistic Person

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living

Think back to the last time to you gazed out over a mountaintop after a long hike, breathed in the salty air after a good swim at the beach, or even s...

Congress Should Act to Solidify Ban Against Torture

Mark Fallon | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Mark Fallon

At this point we all know that, in President Obama's words, "We tortured some folks." The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's report on the CIA's rendition, detention, and interrogation program revealed shocking abuses that went far beyond even the torture that the administration had authorized.

Ali Watkins

Ex-Bush Official With Ties To CIA Torture Program Now Advises Obama Interrogators | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A government psychologist who helped craft policies central to the CIA’s torture program is now advising an FBI-led interrogation proj...

The Torturer's Apprentice: The APA and the Intentional Infliction of Pain

Bryant Welch | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Bryant Welch

Any rational person would conclude that as a first obvious step just to begin to address the debacle for the APA, the current executive leadership group must be replaced. Without that, internal repair cannot even begin.

Do Torture, Shunning, Shaming and Humiliation Build Character?

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

KIPP Schools, Success Academies, Democracy Prep and any number of other "no excuses" schools are not developing true grit and resilience other than the numb grit required to endure humiliation and the resilience necessary to get up and go to school every day.

Meet the Other Ms. California

Eileen Cronin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Eileen Cronin

We are the rare psychologists who are given the opportunity to speak to other psychologists about the rights of people with physical differences. In the 20 years I have been practicing, I have met few psychologists in wheelchairs.

Torture, Fear, and American Psychology: An Insider's Perspective on the Debacle Within the APA

Bryant Welch | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Bryant Welch

There can no longer be any doubt that psychologists with considerable support from APA played key roles in our nation's most shameful incursion into human torture, violating one of the few veneers we humans have been able to place over our inhumanity to one another.

Torture, Mental Health, and Accountability

Carol Smaldino | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

Mental health practitioners, like journalists, are -- as I see it -- obligated to raise even controversial and provocative questions and to help us make sense of, not only individual pathology, but also the group narrative in any given period of time.

How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

If you are suffering from depression, or know someone who is, my goal of writing these articles on depression is to spread a message of hope. Psychiatry is a field of medicine that specifically focuses on diseases of the mind including depression. Even a single consultation can help to clarify the diagnosis, treatment options and can begin the healing process.

Is Celibacy the New Ex-Gay Ministry?

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Now, with more and more ex-gay ministries losing not only potential clients and political leverage but the monies that reparative therapies generate, there is a gradual shift from "curing" homosexual orientations to promoting abstinence from sex altogether.

Evangelism as Therapy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Encountering the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg in the D.C. Council Chambers on June 27 took me back five years to our battles over the District's marriage equality bill. This time it was a hearing on a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for minors.