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"Reparative therapy" counselor invited back onto advisory panel

"Reparative therapy" counselor invited back onto advisory panel

A Pennsylvania psychologist who counsels people who want to change their homosexual orientation has been asked to return to an advisory board for the nation's largest managed-care behavioral health company, the psychologist said Wednesday. Grove City College psychology professor Warren Throckmorton was removed earlier this year from the National Provider Advisory Council for Magellan Health Services, a Farmington, Conn.-based company that has offices in Columbia, Md. Throckmorton, who had served on the council since 1999, said the company offered him a seat on the board Tuesday and he planned to accept. Magellan spokeswoman Erin Somers said Thursday the company was preparing a written statement. She confirmed that the company had offered to allow Throckmorton to return to the advisory board. She would not say why the company decided to allow him to return. Throckmorton had his own theory. "My understanding of the reason for bringing me back is they felt by dismissing me, they created an impression they were not an inclusive company, and in bringing me back they wanted to correct that misperception," Throckmorton said. "I think it's a good move. I think it does help to correct the viewpoint that Magellan had out there that they were intolerant. I think it's the right move for them to make." Throckmorton criticized the company after he was removed from the board, saying its action demonstrated an "insensitivity" to counselors like him and their patients. Throckmorton said at the time that he believes people have the "right to pursue heterosexual-affirming therapy." Somers said after the dismissal that Throckmorton was removed from the board because controversy surrounding his views would be a distraction. Somers said the decision did not affect care provided by the company, but Magellan was concerned his views might cause controversy that would distract from the work of the council. The council has representatives from the major behavioral health disciplines and advises the company on treatment issues. (AP)

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