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Alliance Statement on SAFE-T

The Alliance/NARTH Institute has recommended new terminology be utilized in describing licensed mental health care for unwanted same-sex attractions with change-oriented goals: Sexual Attraction Fluidity Exploration in Therapy (SAFE-T). This formal announcement of the organization provides a scientific rationale for the employment of SAFE-T language as well as suggestions on how this new language can be used.