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Bath Spa University is conducting an internal inquiry into claims that it turned down an application for research on gender reassignment reversal because it was “potentially politically incorrect” and would attract criticism on social media.
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James Caspian, a psychotherapist who specialises in working with transgender people, proposed the research about “detransitioning” to the university in south-west England, which, he said, initially approved the application.
When he went back with his preliminary findings that suggested growing numbers of young people, particularly women, were regretting gender reassignment, Bath Spa said his proposal would have to be resubmitted to the ethics committee, which rejected it.
Caspian, who enrolled on an MA course at the university, said he was “astonished” by the decision and had sought legal advice.
“The fundamental reason given was that it might cause criticism of the research on social media, and criticism of the research would be criticism of the university. They also added it’s better not to offend people,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday.
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Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy from the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.
The Guild of Analytical Psychologists introduction to Jungian Analytical Psychology.
North Tees, Cleveland County psychiatric services 1977-9.
Release drug advisory service 1982.
Co-author of a series of Greater London Council funded publications on drug and alcohol use 1984-6.
Foundation 66 (formerly Rugby House Project) residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, London 2001-2011.
Counsellor and therapist in private practice 2007 to present.
Counsellor at the London Gender Clinic 2007 to present.
I have also worked as a writer, musician and journalist, and with holistic massage, Reiki and body therapies.
Member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
Member of the National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists.
Member of the Gender Identity Research and Education Society.
Member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health
No one could accuse psychotherapist James Caspian of being a bigot or prejudiced against transgender people. His LGBT — that's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — credentials are impeccable.
For this slight, measured, gay man is not only a trustee of the transgender charity The Beaumont Trust, but he has dedicated more than a decade of his life to counselling hundreds of patients who wish to change their gender.
He publishes academic papers on the subject, contributes to books and addresses some of the finest minds in the health professions at conferences around the world — and has done extensive work training fellow psychotherapists on transgender awareness.
If there was ever an expert in this field, James, 58, is it. But lately James has had a gutful of the increasingly frustrating politics surrounding the trans lobby, after a study he wanted to carry out into transgender people was blocked by Bath Spa University for being 'politically incorrect'.
The nature of his research? To ask questions about the increasing numbers of people who were changing gender and subsequently regretting it.
He's also a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Until the beginning of the year, he was a trustee of the official psychotherapy regulator, the UK Council for Psychotherapy.
He held the position for two years, during which time he acted as a consultant to a working group drawing up a 'Memorandum of Understanding' on transgender issues.
This is an agreement between various health professional, religious and LGBT groups on how to handle patients.
The topic covered was the highly emotive subject of what's called 'conversion therapy'. This is the practice of seeking to alter an individual's sexual orientation or their wish to change gender through counselling.
The practice dates back to the early 20th century, when homosexuality and transgenderism were deemed diseases which could be treated.
Everyone in the working group — including James — agreed conversion therapy should be banned.
James, however, wanted the memorandum to specifically accept that some people regret their transition and that there are patients who might have other underlying psychological issues.
Without spelling out these irrefutable facts, he feared health professionals could be prevented from exploring the potentially deeper reasons for a patient saying they wanted to change sex.
Appeal to Accomplishment
(also known as: appeal to success)
Description: When the argument being made is sheltered from criticism based on the level of accomplishment of the one making the argument. A form of this fallacy also occurs when arguments are evaluated on the accomplishments, or success, of the person making the argument, rather than on the merits of the argument itself.
Person 1 claims that Y is true.
Person 1 is very accomplished.
Therefore, Y is true.
Person 1 presents evidence against claim Y.
Person 1 is told to shut up until person 1 becomes as accomplished as person 2.
I have been around the block many times, and I have had my share of success. So believe me when I tell you that there is no better hobby than cat-juggling.
Explanation: We can all admire accomplishment and success, but this is irrelevant to cat-juggling. There are many accomplished and successful people who are immoral, mean, insensitive, hateful, liars, miserable, and just plain wrong about a great many things.
I hold a doctorate in theology, have written 12 books, and personally met the Pope. Therefore, when I say that Jesus’ favorite snack was raisins dipped in wine, you should believe me.
Explanation: While the credentials of the one making the statement are certainly impressive, in no way do these credentials lend credibility to the belief that Jesus’ favorite snack was wine-dipped raisins.
Exception: When one’s accomplishments are directly related to the argument, it is more meaningful.
I have been around the block many times, and I have had my share of success in real estate. So believe me when I tell you that, if you know what you are doing, real estate can be a great way to make a great living.
Tip: Many successful people attempt to use their success as a wildcard to be an authority on everything. Don’t allow one’s own success to cloud your judgment of the claims they are making. Evaluate the evidence above all else.
This a logical fallacy frequently used on the Internet. No academic sources could be found.