Statement to the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People Newspapers

May 15, 2021 by

from Core Issues Trust:

The Sunday Mirror, and Sunday People have notified Core Issues Trust that they are to publish this weekend (Sunday 16 May 2021) an article intended to incriminate the Trust following the undercover activities of their reporter Joe Willis. The Trust has issued this statement:

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Whether genuine or deceitful, enquirers to Core Issues Trust are encouraged to recognise that we all have an attachment template, rooted in our childhood development, that will influence how we relate to others. Psychodynamic protocols are standard and recognised as a valid counselling approach when exploring sexual attraction fluidity, as Matthew did with reporter Joe Ellis. The Trust stands by Trustee Matthew Grech’s counselling approach.

Core Issues Trust works with individuals failed by the NHS, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UKCP and other signatories of the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK (MOU).  The fact is, when the MOU was introduced in 2014, signatory mental health service providers, including the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and the Association of Christian Counselling UK (ACC), abandoned individuals in conflict over their sexuality, agreeing to offer gay-affirming therapies only.  At the time of its negotiation, working in association with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), then Minster of State Norman Lamb refused to consult with any dissenting group, over the matter of regulating therapeutic support in this area, including Core Issues Trust.  That is why the country’s mental health sector is now ruled by the sexual politics of a monolithic viewpoint that can tolerate no dissent or challenge. Core Issues Trust has stood to support these abandoned individuals, exploring sexual fluidity issues and affirming their Christian values, where these are primary.

We should note however, that the Royal College of Psychiatrists, is not signatory to the MOU (2017) which is indicative that all is not in unison.  Conversion therapy for transexual individuals might be the point of difference.  Whatever the reason, medics in the NHS, General Medical Council or those trained in UK universities and led by the established UK mental health bodies, conducted aversion and electroshock techniques – not the church and not ministries such as Core Issues Trust.

We can’t have it both ways.

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