No solid evidence exists that such change is likely, says the resolution, adopted by a 125-4 vote. The APA said some research suggests that efforts to produce change could be harmful, inducing depression and suicidal tendencies.
Instead of seeking such change, the APA urged therapists to consider multiple options -- that could range from celibacy to switching churches -- for helping clients live spiritually rewarding lives in instances where their sexual orientation and religious faith conflict.
The APA had criticized reparative therapy in the past, but a six-member task force added weight to this position by examining 83 studies on sexual orientation change conducted since 1960. Its report was endorsed by the APA's governing council in Toronto, where the 150,000-member association's annual meeting is being held this weekend.
It's good they passed this resolution, but something tells me that if there are any mental health professionals who are still working on ex-gay therapy, a resolution from any sort of professional body isn't going to reach them. It's 2009, and if they haven't read any of the multitude of studies, or if their interest was never piqued by the fact that people have generally gotten more accepting of seeing gay people on TV and movies, then they're probably in the "lost cause" category. And I wouldn't expect those folks to give up for at least another couple of centuries.
Good move, though, on the APA's part to further marginalize these sorts.