CORE seeks to provide support for relationally and sexually damaged and wounded adults who seek wholeness, and desire to walk in obedience to the Gospel of Christ. Grieving for those whose sense of rejection and abandonment is increased through the well-intentioned, but often misinformed acts of Christians seeking to uphold the Biblical prohibition on homosexual acts, CORE seeks to explore appropriate patterns of relating in both singleness and in marriage. It takes seriously the Biblical injunction to “love one another deeply, from the heart” (1 Peter 1:22), and promotes the idea that change is possible.
Some useful Ethical Principles1
Attitudes Toward Clients Who Seek Change
Guideline 1. Clinicians are encouraged to recognize the complexity and limitations in understanding the etiology of same-sex attractions.
Guideline 2. Clinicians are encouraged to understand how their values, attitudes, and knowledge about homosexuality affect their assessment of and intervention with clients who present with unwanted same-sex attractions and behavior.
Guideline 3. Clinicians are encouraged to respect the value of clients' religious faith and refrain from making disparaging assumptions about their motivations for pursuing change-oriented interventions.
Guideline 4. Clinicians are encouraged to respect the dignity and self-determination of all their clients, including those who seek to change unwanted same-sex attractions and behavior.
Guideline 5. At the outset of treatment, clinicians are encouraged to provide clients with information on change-oriented processes and intervention outcomes that is both accurate and sufficient for informed consent.
Guideline 6. Clinicians are encouraged to utilize accepted psychological approaches to psychotherapeutic interventions that minimize the risk of harm when applied to clients with unwanted same-sex attractions.
Guideline 7. Clinicians are encouraged to be knowledgeable about the psychological and behavioral conditions that often accompany same-sex attractions and to offer or refer clients for relevant treatment services to help clients manage these issues.
Guideline 8. Clinicians are encouraged to consider and understand the difficult pressures from culture, religion, and family that are confronted by clients with unwanted same-sex attractions.
Guideline 9. Clinicians are encouraged to recognize the special difficulties and risks that exist for youth who experience same-sex attractions.
Guideline 10. Clinicians are encouraged to make reasonable efforts to familiarize themselves with relevant medical, mental health, spiritual, and religious resources that can support clients in their pursuit of change.
Guideline 11. Clinicians are encouraged to increase their knowledge and understanding of the literature relevant to clients who seek change, and to seek continuing education, training, supervision, and consultation that will improve their clinical work in this area.
1From the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality's (NARTH) Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Unwanted Same-Sex Attractions and Behavior (2008).