Because of all the research on the effectiveness of psychotherapy and for numerous other reasons related to the practice of psychotherapy, such as the use of mental health professionals as experts in court and other realms of life, people are becoming concerned. One person who is both knowledgeable and concerned is R. Christopher Barden, Ph.D., J.D., who has proposed a bill for Federal and State legislation. Bardens proposed bill, titled "The Truth and Responsibility in Mental health Practices Act," reads:
A version of the Bill called the "Barden Letter" has been signed by a number of distinguished professionals in the mental health field. We believe that fair minded and thinking individuals will support this bill; but we know that politics often prevail rather than common sense and justice for all.
It may be years before such an act is passed by the National Congress. However, in the meantime, Indiana became the first State to adopt a consumer protection law for mental health practices. A press release from the office of the National Association for Consumer Protection in Mental Health Practices states:
While our own efforts appear to have had no effect on the burgeoning psychotherapy industry either in or out of the church, this act, if adopted throughout America, may bring the mental health industry to its knees. Barden says, "Too many Americans do not realize that much of the mental health industry is little more than a national consumer fraud."3 (Bold added.) Christians should not be so naive as to believe that just because therapists may also be Christians they are not involved in such practices. They are, and that is one of the reasons why we have been writing in this area for over twenty years.
Regardless of the passage, implementation, and policing of this legislative bill, it is our position that there is no psychotherapy to which Christians should submit themselves. We present both research and biblical reasons in our various books and articles.
1R. Christopher Barden & the National Association
for Consumer Protection in Mental Health Practices.
"The Truth and Responsibility in Mental Health
(From PAL V5N4)
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