There have been a few recent threads about what you would think if there was gay-straight conversion therapy (aka ex-gay therapy and reparative therapy) that really worked.
I was mentally comparing it with another type of therapy that does have some controversy surrounding it, sex offender treatment as commonly required as a condition of probation or parole for people convicted of crimes such as rape and child molestation. It seems that both sex offending and homosexuality share some common elements, namely sexual desire and sexual behavior.
Is there a common theoretical underpinning for both of these types of therapy? If so, how has sex offender treatment remained an accepted practice while ex-gay therapy is almost universally slammed by psychiatrists as ineffective and possibly harmful?
If not, has there been any significant attempt to use techniques or theories from one and apply them to the other? For example, has anyone tried an ex-gay therapy program that is modeled after programs designed to help men stop molesting children, for example by taking the program as-is and substituting “adult man” for every instance of “child” in the treatment plan? Is there a generally accepted reason that this would not work?
Alternately, do ex-gay therapy techniques show any promise in helping opposite-sex rapists or child molesters, or have they been deemed to be totally ineffective to help people change?
This is NOT a thread to debate the morality of any sexual behavior.