A Look at Relevant Peer-Reviewed Research
The Government relies on scientific research commissioned by the GEO and carried out by Coventry University, to introduce a Conversion Therapy ban.
This important One-Day Symposium brings together world-renowned experts in the field to
present their own peer reviewed research, critique the Coventry Study and to assess whether the proposed ban has scientific support.
01. An Overview of Research in the Field
02. Correcting a False Research Narrative
Prof. Paul Sullins
03. Are Stigma & Homophobia a Primary Cause of Mental Health Distress?
Dr Christopher Rosik
04. What About Transgender Affirmation and Medicine?
Dr (Med) Andre Van Mol
05. SOCE Harm and Effectiveness: What is the Truth?
Dr Rosik & Prof. Sullins
06. Sexuality in Crisis, where is the Science?
Dr Peter May
07. Questions for Policy Makers about ‘Conversion Therapy’
Dr Carys Moseley
08. Sexual Attraction Fluidity Exploration in Therapy (SAFE-T)
Prof. Carolyn Pela
09. Working Pastorally with Adults & Children with Unwanted SSA
Elizabeth Woning & Ken Williams
10. Legal Implications of a ‘Conversion Therapy’ Ban
About the Speakers
Professor Walter Schumm
Professor Emeritus in the School of Family Studies and Health Services at Kansas State University. He is a fellow at the National Council on Family Relations and has been the Editor of the journal, Marriage and Family Review, since 2010.
Co-founder of both Equipped To Love and the CHANGED Movement. Serves Moral Revolution as a Lecturer and Minister, and Pastor at Bethel Redding since.
Co-founder of both Equipped To Love and the CHANGED Movement. Serves Moral Revolution as a Lecturer and Minister, and Pastor at Bethel Redding since 2006.
Ole Gramstad Jensen
Lawyer from Oslo, Norway, who leads Til Helhet, a church-based organisation supporting family values and Orthodox teaching on human sexuality.
Solicitor, member of the Michigan State Bar, legal counsel for the Christian Legal Centre and has expertise before the European Court of Human Rights and Court of Justice of the European Union.
Barrister and part of the UK Christian Legal Centre. As a criminal lawyer he assisted many clients to access the therapy they needed. More recently, he has been instructed by clients in cases involving the Memorandum of Understanding.
Principal Lawyer and Director of the Human Rights Law Alliance in Australia, with a focus on the fundamental rights of religious freedom and freedom of expression.
Barrister in private practice who works extensively with Christian Concen. Called to the Bar in 1987, he worked for many years as a Lecturer in Law at University College London. Returning to the Bar in 2003, he has since then built up an extensive practice focusing principally upon employment law.
Dr (Med) Peter May
General Practitioner in Southampton and was a member of the Church of England General Synod from 1985-2010. He writes for the Triple Helix, a journal of the Christian Medical Fellowship, and pays careful attention to the clinical and medical aspects around sexual politics.
Dr Carys Moseley
Studied Classics and Theology at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Edinburgh, taught Theology and Christian Ethics at the University of Edinburgh. She currently works in Public Policy Research with Christian Concern in the UK.
About the Symposium:
The UK Government states “Conversion Therapy does not work and can cause long lasting damage including negative mental health
outcomes, homelessness, and isolation. It is vital that a ban on conversion therapy is comprehensive and effective,” and
“We will continue to protect under-18s from being channelled into irreversible decisions. These proposals do not alter the existing clinical regulatory framework or the independence of regulated clinicians working within their professional obligations.”
(Mike Freer, Minister of Equalities communication to MPs, 29 October 2021).
This one-day event will challenge that statement to show that the research by Coventry University’s Conversion Therapy: an Evidenced Assessment and Qualitative Study produced to support a ban on ‘Conversion Practices’ is scientifically flawed and the ban will harm adults and under 18s.
This event will aid consultation responses, expose scientific errors in the UK Government research and discuss
future implications of such a ban.
There will be research-based examination of hetero-affirming therapies, to demonstrate that they do not cause harm and are supported by scientific literature and a growing number of first-hand experiences.
Empirical Evidence and live testimonies will be produced to show that affirming children to reject their biological sex, transgendering them with hormonal and surgical interventions causes harm.
There will be a presentation by leading lawyers in the field to examine the Government’s claim that religious freedom, free speech and client autonomy will be protected following such a ban.