The Southern Poverty Law Center, the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, and the American Psychoanalytic Association filed a complaint today against Paul McNulty, a state-licensed clinical social worker who practices scientifically-discredited “reparative therapy” in Bloomington, Illinois. The groups lodged their complaint with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the agency that oversees professional licensing in that state.
In the complaint, SPLC Deputy Legal Director Christine Sun notes that the department “has the authority ‘to suspend or revoke a license, refuse to issue or renew a license or take other disciplinary action, based upon its finding of unethical, unauthorized, or unprofessional conduct.’” She also points out that bringing bias into the patient-counselor relationship is is prohibited, concluding:
“By offering and embracing scientifically unsound and potentially harmful services that reflect prejudice, Mr. McNulty appears to be in violation of the State’s licensing standards.”
Metro Weekly has further information:
During a conference call with reporters on Thursday, ICAH Executive Director Yamani Hernandez said McNulty’s state license could be construed as an endorsement by the state of reparative therapy.
“This social worker is offering a practice that is harmful to the health of young people,” Hernandez said.
Unlike many other so-called “ex-gay” therapists, McNulty (left) quite openly peddles his fraudulent “pray away the gay” snake oil. He has a profile on the website of People Can Change, an “ex-gay” business whose cash cow is the $650 Journey into Manhood weekend, where participants hug and caress each other in an attempt to become straight. McNulty’s profile boasts of his memberships in Exodus International and NARTH and says that he is “passionate” about his therapy with males “ in the areas of relationships, sexuality, same-sex attraction, and various addictions.”
Today’s complaint comes exactly one year after the SPLC and Truth Wins Out launched a nationwide campaign targeting reparative, or “conversion,” therapy.