School of Psychology & Counseling

Faculty Achievements: Dr. Yarhouse

Practicing "Convicted Civility"

Dr. Mark Yarhouse

Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D., is the Rosemarie Scotti Hughes Endowed Chair of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice and Professor of Psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., where he is a core faculty member in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. He is a world-renowned speaker on homosexuality and has remained active in clinical practice while working as a teacher at Regent University for the past 12 years.

The majority of his work has dealt with topics of homosexuality, sexual identity and Christianity. Dr. Yarhouse has developed an approach to working with clients who are distressed by sexual identity conflicts. This approach respects the rights of clients to decide how or if they would like to be labeled by their sexuality while keeping their Christian identity as their ultimate label. Dr. Yarhouse's method of counseling those who are sorting out sexual identity concerns has been widely-recognized as a significant achievement. He was recently awarded the Gary Collins Award of Excellence by the American Association of Christian Counselors for his many contributions to Christian counseling.

Dr. Yarhouse has spent several years promoting dialogue between people who view the topic of sexual identity differently. In 2000, he chaired a groundbreaking symposium at the American Psychological Association's annual convention that brought together gay psychologists and conventionally religious psychologists to discuss common ground in treatment options for persons sorting out sexual and religious identity conflicts. He chaired similar symposia (dialogues between professionals who represent different communities) at the APA on the many meanings of marriage (among different religions and among various groups within the gay community), services for adolescents experiencing sexual identity confusion, and a recently-proposed sexual identity therapy framework. In all of these exchanges, Dr. Yarhouse is known for his "convicted civility," a phrase made popular by Richard Mouw that reflects the idea that Christians hold onto their convictions while relating to others with civility.

Dr. Yarhouse is an award-winning educator and author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles/book chapters and several books. His most recent book, entitled Homosexuality & the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors and Friends, speaks to Christian laypeople about the complex issues surrounding the topic of homosexuality. His other books, written for a professional audience, include Ex-gays? A longitudinal study of religiously mediated change in sexual orientation and Sexual identity synthesis: Attributions, Meaning-Making and the Search for Congruence. Dr. Yarhouse has also co-authored two popular integration textbooks: Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal, a book that explores a Christian view of mental health concerns, and Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal, a book that examines and evaluates different theories of family therapy.

Dr. Yarhouse serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Psychology and Theology and an editorial consultant for Christian Counseling Today. He is also a founding board member of the Society for Christian Psychology. You can learn more about Dr. Yarhouse by reading his biography.

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