Counseling grad student loses lawsuit

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Counseling grad student loses lawsuit
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Thu, 07-29-2010 - 1:13pm

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/28/court-university-expel-student-opposes-homosexuality/

A counseling grad student saw her lawsuit against Eastern Michigan University. She was dismissed from the counseling program for refusing to see homosexual students. The school had adopted the American Counseling Associations code of ethics which the court found sufficient proof the school had dismissed for being a Christian, but for not following the ACA code of ethics.

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Thu, 07-29-2010 - 10:51pm

This shouldn't come as a surprise. Universities make their program requirements very clear; students don't get to alter them to suit their personal beliefs.

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Fri, 07-30-2010 - 12:33pm

All I can do is shudder that a person who believes in "conversion therapy for GLBTQ populations" might someday give "counseling" to an unsuspecting client who comes for help and instead gets someone twisting their minds according to the counselor's personal religious beliefs. EEEK! And, YIKES! :O Having an emotionally and psychologically *vulnerable* client and then push religious views on them? How unethical is that?! I just shudder the damage such a person can do with those seeking a balanced counseling treatment. And yet, I'm sure she can find some school that will admit her and then she will be licensed and turned loose on unsuspecting clients...

Aren't there professional standards these days, and one of them is that being gay is *not* a "choice" or something to be drummed out of the client/patient by "therapy?" I thought we'd gotten past those dark ages in psychological "treatment?"

Additional link to a news story: http://abcnews.go.com/US/georgia-student-sues-university-lgbt-sensitivity-training/story?id=11261490



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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 1:57pm

I am glad she lost the suit.

Honestly, I'd require her to "change" her religious beliefs if I was going to issue her a degree in a field she refused to accept facts from due to those religions beliefs too.

For example, suppose she belonged to a religion which declared that cancer is a choice and all patients suffering from it just need to stop being cancerous. I'd certainly not give her a medical degree.




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Sun, 08-01-2010 - 2:03pm

Oh, and yep! The APA has determined that a person's sexuality is absolutely *NOT* a choice. I would be alarmed if she were certified by the APA with such a failure to believe their determinations about psychology.

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/sexual-orientation.aspx

And further determinations that:
NO, homosexuality is not a mental or psychological illness.
YES, homosexuals can be good parents.
NO, the APA does not support "conversion therapy" and considers it harmful.
NO, sexual orientation CANNOT be changed through therapy.
YES, sharing one's sexual orientation can be healthy, whether heterosexual or homosexual.
And NO, the reason most homosexual and bisexual people fear "coming out" is not due to "shame" but to fear of prejudice and backlash from others who dislike their sexual orientation.




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