The Third International Symposium of World Child and Family Protection Platform, Istanbul

by Dr Mike Davidson

December 7, 2023

The Third International Symposium of the ‘World Child and Family Protection Platform’ will take place on the 8th and 9th of December this year at the Baglarbasi Cultural Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

The event will hear from 26 professionals from Turkey, plus a further 2 from the USA (David Pickup and Dr Joseph Nicolosi), and Dr Mike Davidson from the UK.

Dr Mike Davidson will be present at the symposium to speak on the Title “Opposing Therapeutic Bans Internationally – Why it Matters and How to Protect Client Choice and Professional Integrity”. The sessions are to be live with English simultaneous translation broadcast on their YouTube channel.

This is the 2nd such conference Mike has attended. In 2021 he was encouraged by the concern of Turkish professionals to resist the current collapse of respect for client autonomy and therapeutic choice that we are witnessing amongst the professional mental health bodies in the UK, Americas and Western Europe. Media interest in the 2021 event was also encouraging at the time. Watch the short Turkish report here.

The 2-day conference event will take place in the prestigious Baglarbasi Cultural Center and will hear from a selection of multidisciplinary professional academic and practitioner experts who are active in the field.

Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, is where the East meets the West – an impressive city!

For Christians, there cannot be no remorse over the world’s largest church for a thousand years being converted into a mosque. The Hagia Sophia (or Grand Mosque) was originally an Eastern Orthodox cathedral from 360 – 1453 AD, with a brief period of being Catholic from 1204 – 1261. In 1453, following the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople, what had been the home of East Orthodoxy for almost a thousand years was converted to a mosque. It is sobering to remember that out of all seven churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation, not one carries the oil of the Christian Gospel despite each being located in the land of Turkey – a region that was also the home of the Apostle Paul. Entering the Hagia Sophia (or Grand Mosque) reveals the remnants of Christian iconography vastly over-shadowed by Islamic symbolism.

Speaking briefly about the experience, Mike Davidson said:

“I value the opportunity to meet with like-minded friends who are conscientious in looking after their population and who are standing against the threat of cultural Marxism and activism that is swallowing the West. I’m proud of what Mrs Zuhal Ozturk is achieving through her group “Dunyacakop”. Any individual from any background should be valued and honoured for the stand they take and the efforts made to so support, rather than abandon this population, as many western professionals and pastors appear to be doing. When I come to Istanbul I cannot escape the realisation that the Christian Gospel can be lost, not only from a church, but also from a country and a region and from society itself. The Christian Gospel has been thoroughly evicted from the heart of the helping professions in the UK.

“When it comes to our Mental Health bodies servicing those for whom LGBT behaviours feelings snd attractions have become unwanted and even toxic, they have lost the ability to serve and support those who need their professional help. It’s time to challenge ungodly, atheistic frameworks touted as the only valid or scientific response to options for sexual identity and living. Whatever can replace the salt of our endeavours if we loose the Gospels foundational influence?”

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