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Kevin Osten, Psy.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/Community Engagement and Training
NBC 5 Chicago Interviews Dr. Osten to Explain Lack of Evidence Behind 'Conversion' Practices

A Chicago-area conference this week for homosexual men and women who choose to be chaste with Roman Catholic service support raised questions about “restorative therapy,” also called “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy.”  NBC 5 Chicago’s Nesita Kwan reached out to the Adler School for expert explanation about the practice. 

In an interview for the 5 p.m. newscast, Kevin Osten, Psy.D., explained that the practice is not therapy, not psychologically based, and not condoned by the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Psychiatric Association, or the American Counseling Association. The APA provides clear guidance: Clinicians are encouraged to practice affirmative therapy, or provide the client with a referral to a therapist who can, if they are unable to provide affirmative services themselves, Dr. Osten said.

Dr. Osten is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/Division of Community Engagement and founding Director of the LGBTQ Mental Health & Inclusion Center at the Adler School.

Click here for NBC's online brief of the broadcast story: "Online Group Pressures Cardinal George on Gay Conversion Therapy."

About the Adler School

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a scholar/practitioner model for 60 years. Its mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice. The Adler School enrolls more than 1,000 students in doctoral and master’s degree programs and offerings at its campuses in Chicago, Illinois, and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.


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