Tracing Incursions of Wokeness into the Therapy Field.


The APA (aka The Politburo for Psychology) Issues a Dictat: The APA Racial Equity Plan

This summer the American Psychological Association released its Racial Equity Action Plan. This plan dealt a blow to anyone who still nourished some faint hope that this professional body was slowing down in its enthusiastic embrace of Critical Social Justice. The ‘P’ in APA stands for ‘psychological’ in name only: this is a ‘P’ for …

How Activist Therapists Think: An Example from The Guardian

Below is a comment piece published recently in The Guardian which perfectly encapsulates how therapy is viewed through a Critical Social Justice (CSJ) lens. Until relatively recently, the vast majority of therapists would have considered their clients’ cultural and social context as potentially implicated in the issues they brought to therapy. Now, as CSJ gets …

How Activists Appropriate and Retool Established Therapeutic Approaches: An Example from The National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)

This workshop on an anti-racist recovery approach at the NAADAC 2022 conference (also presented at previous conferences) is an instructive example of how activists start to co-opt established therapy approaches. See the full workshop description here (from 2020). In this workshop, a reductive and simplistic view of addiction is presented: white supremacy is the cause …

Trans-Centred Sex Therapy: An Exercise in Bewilderment

The Californian Institute in Integral Studies continues to push out a stream of woke continuing education seminars for therapists. Here it has collaborated with AASECT ((American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) to offer therapists a means of becoming even more bewildered about contemporary Queer perspectives on sexuality than they already are. Readers will, …

Pressure on Therapists to Declare Preferred Pronouns: An Example from South Africa

The usage of preferred pronouns in the therapy professions is on the way to becoming an established practice (see Jenkins on ethical and legal objections). Sensitivity to transgender clients is being used to exert moral pressure on therapists to comply. Here is an example of how this is being encouraged in a South African context. …

Graduates from CSJ-driven Professional Trainings Begin to Offer Continuing Education Courses. Is this a good Idea?

A webinar with the alarming title of Decolonizing Mental Health: Moving from Whitewashed Wellness to Culturally-Affirming Practices is an example of the recent proliferation of CSJ-driven continuing education trainings on offer. The description taken from the website (given below) would suggest that the activist presenters have learnt theories in college which are untethered to the …

The BACP Supports ‘Queering’ the Therapy Space: Trans Activists Call the Shots

Regarding gender ideology, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has shed all pretentions to a nonpartisan position. Consider its recent flyer for gender diversity training titled: Queering Therapy Spaces and Working with Gender DiverseClients. Note the hyperbolic and unsubstantiated statements (identified in italics) made in the following description of a presentation contents: ‘Britain …

The Ideological Capture of Professional Therapy Training: the BACP Diversity and Inclusion Coalition Reviews the Course Accreditation Scheme

The following letter has been sent out to trainers/institutions by the BACP. Does this sound like a good faith open democratic consultation/review process to you? Or does it sound more like a rubber stamping exercise carried out by the Diversity and Inclusion Coalition in order to impose its own agenda on accredited training programmes? NB: …

American Clinical Psychology Professor Resigns Due to ‘Alarming Trend in Psychotherapy’

For our latest video, FAIR’s Christine Sefein explains how her field of psychotherapy has been taken over by what she describes as a “divisive and regressive ideology” that led her to resign from her position as a professor of clinical psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles. (Taken from the FAIR newsletter issued on December …

Gender Ideology Threatens to Derail Therapy Services for Rape Victims: The UK-Based Survivors’ Network Provide Group Sessions for “Self-Identifying Female Survivors”.

A few months ago, CTA posted an item about the pronouncements of the newly-appointed Edinburgh Rape Crisis CEO denouncing women who requested female-bodied counsellors as bigots. An article published in the Mail online on November 28th provides yet another example of the disastrous impact of gender ideology on the provision of therapy services to vulnerable …

Somatic Therapy Trainers Embrace Critical Social Justice, an Ideology that Discounts the Significance of Biology

Here is one example of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy providing CSJ-driven trainings for practitioners (there are many examples from other body-mind approaches) . How do they reconcile its collectivist worldview and dismissal of biological reality with a therapeutic approach that is grounded in the body? Do they not grasp the irony of this: they are teaching practitioners/ …

The American Medical Association Commits Itself to Changing the Dominant Narrative: The Project of Turning Healers into Political Activists

The American Medical Association has just issued a guide to advancing health equity through changing the narrative, terms and concepts used in healthcare. See the extract given below (taken from page 24) for an example of its Critical Social Justice-driven focus on undermining individual personal agency/responsibility and centering instead collectivist notions of oppresive societal conditions. …

Professional Therapy Training Institutes Require Ideological Compliance: Metanoia Expels Gender Critical Trainee

A volunteer counsellor with the charity Childline was dismissed after raising concerns about the way some young people are rushed into changing gender. Former barrister James Esses said he was concerned many youngsters were confused about gender identity and, wrongly, were automatically categorised as transgender or fast-tracked into making life-altering decisions such as undergoing major …

How Therapy is Ceasing to be Therapy

This professional association is happy to publish an article that makes a case for imposing the therapist’s agenda on the client. The author argues that white therapists should bring the topic of race and racism into therapy with their white clients. Whatever happened to the idea that therapists worked with the issues their clients brought? …

All the Healthcare Professions Will Follow Where the Medical Professions go

The guidelines appear to support anonymous reporting of microaggressions. Taken from the AMA Reference Committee Amendments on Constitution and Bylaws, May 2021 AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HOUSE OF DELEGATES Resolution: 003(JUN-21) Introduced by:American Academy of Pediatrics Subject:Healthcare Organizational Policies and Cultural Changes to Prevent and Address Racism, Discrimination, Bias and MicroaggressionsReferred to:Reference Committee on Amendments to …

The American Psychoanalytical Association Welcomes its own Demise

The American Psychoanalytical Association has just published a paper in its flagship journal that introduces the concept of ‘parasitical whiteness’. The APA does not appear to realise that Critical Social Justice is a ‘dismantle and replace’ project. Once its concepts are introduced and established they are then used as a weapon against the host (discipline/ …

Political Alert! Critical Social Justice Begins to Shape Licensure Requirements

The Michigan Licensing board (LARA) has just amended its licensure requirements based on recent changes to the state Public Health Code. Counselors are now required to undergo “Implicit Bias Training” to become licensed, and must continue to receive Implicit Bias Training (1 hour) every year.Strikingly, the state of Michigan has zero (0!) requirements for continuing …

Critical Social Justice Seeks to Indoctrinate Children: School Psychologists are Eager to Help with this Project

The American National Association of School Psychologists have the following Unified Antiracism Statement and Call for Action. It can be accessed within their Social Justice Resources Section Dear School Psychology Community, “Psychologists aspire to recognize and understand historical and contemporary experiences with power, privilege, and oppression. As such, they seek to address institutional barriers and …

Real Therapy Promotes Independence of Thought: An Example of an Anti-therapeutic Indoctrination Campaign

An event offered by the California Institute of Integral Studies public programs this Spring. ‘It is well known that mental healthcare and therapy are not systems that are readily accessible to everyone, especially those from marginalized communities. Created and maintained by white men, most traditional therapeutic practices do not address systematic oppression, ancestral trauma, LGTBQIA+ …

Note the Ideological Capture of Therapy Services Providers: An Example of a Service Offering a Politically-Motivated, Divisive, Anti-therapeutic Training.

The Pro Bono Counseling Centre in Baltimore has this mission statement: ‘The Pro Bono Counseling Project’s mission is to ensure that Marylanders with limited resources requesting mental health care are provided access to volunteer licensed mental health professionals and other necessary supportive services.” It recently offered the following training:

1st October 2020

APA’s disingenuous strategy of conflating a consensus understanding of diversity with Critical Race Theory.

30th August 2020

The American Association of Suicidology has recently posted a statement on Equity and Anti-Racism, which commits to a massive overhaul in how the board, staff, and leadership operate. Learning about suicide is difficult, so forwarding a singular view of how to conduct suicide research and how to run a suicide-focused organization is cause for concern. …

30th August 2020

The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice has posted a statement in support of Black Lives Matter, a political organisation that is explicitly opposed to the construct of the nuclear family. Accessed on 30/8/2020 from: https://www.aft.org.uk/about/view/BLM.html