In the master’s program referred to in part one of this series, all students are required to take a class in “sex therapy.” A significant portion of this class focuses on “visual desensitization.” That means the professors show a lot of videos and pictures of people having sex. Of course, students are “free” to excuse themselves from class if the sex scenes make them uncomfortable. However, students know that if they were to do so, they would face repercussions later.
Before attending Purdue University Calumet, our friend Mr. West received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. After graduating from Purdue, he received a doctorate from Kansas State. Neither of these schools made their students view explicit materials as part of the program.
At the end of the fall 1999 semester, Mr. West completed his thesis, thus completing the master’s program at Purdue. Then, in May of 2002, Mr. Jeffrey Ford graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He wanted to pursue a Master Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, so he researched the most prominent programs in the country. He decided the two most prominent programs were at Brigham Young University and Purdue University Calumet.
On March 11, 2003, Mr. Ford visited Purdue to interview for a position in the same master’s program from which Mr. West had graduated. This interview process consisted of four one-on-one interviews, three with faculty members and one with a student. First, Mr. Ford met with Ms. Sarah Smock, a master’s student at the time. Shortly before the interview, the faculty met with Ms. Smock to explain how to conduct the interview. After this meeting with the faculty, she quizzed Mr. Ford on how he, as a Mormon, would treat homosexual clients. Mr. Ford replied: “I would treat them with dignity and respect, much like I would treat any other client.”
Professor Wetchler later interviewed Mr. Ford. During this interview, Wetchler mentioned that he needed to ask him about some ethical matters that affect students who are members of the LDS Church. Wetchler asked: “How will you treat gay clients?” Mr. Ford replied: “I would treat them with dignity and respect, much like I would treat any other client.” He also stated that homosexual individuals tend to have more mood disorders, and so he would help with these issues just as he would any other client.