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Dr. Michael Rosebush A.

Director of Counseling

Air Force Academy

HQ Phone: (773) 535-1590

Air Force Academy

3630 S. Wells

Chicago, Illinois 60609

United States

Company Description

The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) is one of the top Military Colleges for educating, training and inspiring men and women to become officers of character. ... more

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Affiliations

Member of Center for Character and Leadership Development
Air Force Times

Founder
Sanctification Coaching

Clinical Member
National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality

Education



Air Force



The Air Force Academy

Ph.D.

Family Institute

Ph.D.
Counseling Psychology
University of North Carolina

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One of Gaylesta’s members, Guy Albert, ...

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One of Gaylesta’s members, Guy Albert, recently sent this letter to Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson at the United States Air Force Academy, protesting their staff choice of Dr. Rosebush, who has a history of practicing reparative therapy.

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Dr. Mike Rosebush, who is currently director of counseling at the USAFA, has an extended history of attempting to “cure� gay people of their homosexual desires. These practices, known as Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE), have been denounced by nearly all the leading mental health associations in the US, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
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We ask that you replace Dr. Rosebush with a leader who holds respect for diverse populations, including people of different sexual orientations.


One of Gaylesta’s members, Guy Albert, ...

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One of Gaylesta’s members, Guy Albert, recently sent this letter to Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson at the United States Air Force Academy, protesting their staff choice of Dr. Rosebush, who has a history of practicing reparative therapy.

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Dr. Mike Rosebush, who is currently director of counseling at the USAFA, has an extended history of attempting to “cure� gay people of their homosexual desires. These practices, known as Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE), have been denounced by nearly all the leading mental health associations in the US, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
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We ask that you replace Dr. Rosebush with a leader who holds respect for diverse populations, including people of different sexual orientations.


US Air Force Academy ...

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US Air Force Academy graduation (credit: U.S. Air Force Photo by Mike Kaplan/Released) | Air Force Academy has “ex-gay� cure advocate overseeing cadet character coaching | 228 | Air Force Academy had hired a man with 20 years experience “curing homosexuals | Next Newer Post | Air Force Academy hiring an “ex-gay� “heterosexual confidence� expert | Air Force Academy having hired an “ex-gay� “hetersexual confidence� coach | prestigious Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs | they had hired Dr. Mike Rosebush, a supposed-�ex-gay | http://americablog.com/2013/11/air-force-academy-ex-gay-cure-advocate-overseeing-cadet-counseling.html Air Force Academy has `ex-gay` cure expert overseeing cadet coaching Contribute Take Action

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The news of "ex-gay" activist Dr. Mike Rosebush running the academy's character and leadership coaching program comes on the heels of growing concerns as to whether the academy is serious about becoming a welcoming place for gay cadets in the post-"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" era.
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Rosebush is the chief of Character and Leadership Coaching at the US Air Force Academy, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, putting him in charge of a team of "coaches."
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Rosebush has ties to NARTH, Exodus and Focus on the Family
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Rosebush is a former vice president of one of the lead religious right, and anti-gay activist, organizations, Focus on the Family, which is also headquartered in Colorado Springs.
Rosebush has also served as a clinical member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), the lead group of quack scientists who claim to have found the cure for homosexuality.
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And Rosebush also served as director of the Professional Counselors' Network of Exodus International, what was once the lead "ex-gay" counseling group.
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But neither his proven history of anti-gay activism, nor his embrace of pseudo-science, was enough to stop the Air Force from hiring Rosebush in 2011, after the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal legislation was signed into law.
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Which brings us back to Rosebush.
Rosebush has devoted the past two decades of his professional life to "curing" gays
While the academy claims that Rosebush does not himself counsel cadets, he is in charge of the entire character and leadership counseling program at the Air Force Academy.
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And lest anyone attempt to claim that this is an issue of Rosebush's religion, Rosebush does not hold a religious job at the academy, and our complaint is with his professional qualifications.
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Rosebush wasn't hired by the Air Force in spite of his anti-gay activism, he was hired because of it:
mike-rosebush-employment-history
You'll see "Coaching Confidant" as the top of the employment list. That's Rosebush's former business in which he counseled people, exclusively by phone, about their sexual addictions, including curing them of their homosexuality.
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Rosebush is also an author. He wrote "Sanctifying Coaching: Sexual purity and peace for Christian men with same-sex attractions. Here's a little of the blurb for the book on Amazon:
coaching-confidant-air-force-academy-gay-e Dr. Rosebush's Sanctification Coaching provides the groundbreaking methods that helped his clients achieve sexual purity, peace and heterosexual confidence. If you are a Christian tired of being distressed over your same-sex attractions, then Sanctification Coaching was written for you!
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Dr. Rosebush is also a contributing author to The Handbook of Therapy for Unwanted Homosexual Tendencies: A Guide to Treatment.
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Dr. Rosebush has decades of success in counseling Christian men who struggle with same-sex attractions.
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Rosebush refers in his bio to gay men as "homoerotically-capable men. This appears to be a play on the word "handicapable," used to describe to people with disabilities. And it would be somewhat troubling associating being gay with a disability. Does Rosebush think gay Air Force Academy cadets are "disabled"?
(Note that Rosebush contributed to the handbook alongside Joseph Nicolosi of NARTH and George Rekers, also of NARTH, who famously resigned after being caught bringing a rent-boy with him to Europe to "carry his luggage.")
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But what's potentially most disturbing about Rosebush, and problematic for the Air Force Academy, is that his prior work sounds an awful lot like his current work. Here's one of Rosebush's biographies from "Strength in Weakness," another "cure the gays" organization he's affiliated with:
Dr. Rosebush also worked with Exodus International, the worlds largest faith based organization in helping those who live with unwanted same-sex attractions.
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How then could Rosebush not include a discussion of sexual orientation in his character and leadership coaching at the US Air Force Academy?
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Tags:Air Force Academy, cadets, counseling, DADT, Dr. Mike Rosebush, ex-gay, lgbt, military
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I am a cadet at the Academy right now, and in my two years here, Dr. Rosebush has never tried to discuss sexual orientation with cadets, nor has the Center for Character and Leadership Development.
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The links you provide indicate that Rosebush has worked at the Academy for 4 years now, and that he is not the "Chief.
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OMG! This guy is doomed to a life of "unwanted homosexuality" and so are his kids… Might as well get used to it, Mike!
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2. Your posts went from supporting Rosebush to talking about how Gay Pride was frightening to you to suddenly how BDSM was a problem.
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Hmmm, I wonder if Peace (and/or Dennis) could be Dr. Rosebush?
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Did it ever occur to you that if it weren't for the denigration and outright demonization of gay people promulgated by Dr. Rosebush and the groups with which he's been associated, you wouldn't feel distressed by same-sex attraction?
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Rosebush also "loves helping male teens.
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It is time for the Pentagon to prune Rosebush and the evangelical Christian Air Force Academy officers who hired him.


Dr. Mike Rosebush is a ...

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Dr. Mike Rosebush is a "heterosexual confidence" expert who has spent nearly the past two decades working at the religious right anti-gay activist groups Exodus International and Focus on the Family, and he's affiliated with NARTH as well.

Here's a blurb from a book of his on Amazon:
Dr. Rosebush's Sanctification Coaching provides the groundbreaking methods that helped his clients achieve sexual purity, peace and heterosexual confidence. If you are a Christian tired of being distressed over your same-sex attractions, then Sanctification Coaching was written for you! ....
Dr. Rosebush is also a contributing author to The Handbook of Therapy for Unwanted Homosexual Tendencies: A Guide to Treatment. Dr. Rosebush has decades of success in counseling Christian men who struggle with same-sex attractions.
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Rosebush also set up his own private practice, called "Coaching Confidant," to cure gay people by phone in the years immediately preceding being hired by the Air Force academy to help build "character" and "leadership" among malleable young cadets.
The Air Force Academy has taken a multi-tact approach in deflecting criticism about the hire.
First, they say that Rosebush doesn't counsel cadets personally.
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1. Rosebush doesn't counsel, he coaches?
That's a nuance without a difference. The point is that the man is responsible for building "character" and "leadership" when he has worked for nearly two decades for organizations devoted to the notion that openly-gay service members are capable of neither.
2. Rosebush doesn't meet cadets personally?
He runs the entire program, designed it, and oversees it. He's worse than someone who counsels "some" cadets. He's in charge of counseling ("coaching," whatever) every cadet at the academy on their character and leadership.
3. Rosebush was qualified before he went off the deep end in 1995, nearly two decades ago?
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Tags:Air Force Academy, DADT, Dr. Mike Rosebush, ex-gay, lgbt, military, Rachel Maddow
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The admitted "ex-gay" Dr. Mike Rosebush seems to fit this description
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As for Rosebush, he almost certainly got his job not for his expertise but by an altered form of ring-knocking. I once missed out on a managerial position at a company because the CEO who had to sign off on the hire (the department head recommended me) instead insisted they hire another finalist who graduated from the same college as the CEO. Turned out to be a bad decision, and by the time they got back to me I had a better-paying job elsewhere. Hopefully the Air Force Academy hired Rosebush because he had the same evangelical anti-gay beliefs as the officers running the school.


The Air Force Academy ...

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The Air Force Academy contacted me about our story yesterday breaking the news that they had hired Dr. Mike Rosebush, a supposed-"ex-gay" with twenty years experience "curing homosexuals," to oversee the "Character and Leadership" coaching program at the academy.

The Academy wanted me to know that Rosebush is not in charge of "counseling" cadets, and does not "counsel" or "evaluate" cadets. Rather, he's "only" in charge of "coaching" them on developing good character and leadership skills. (Rosebush actually developed the entire character and leadership building coaching program the academy uses, called "MOSAIC Personal Coaching.")
Unfortunately, that explanation falls short of addressing the underlying problem. A man who has devoted the last twenty years of his life to "curing" gay people is now in charge of a mandatory program, that he designed, to help Air Force Academy cadets develop "character" and "leadership."
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Over the past nearly twenty years, Rosebush has worked as a vice president at Focus on the Family, as the director of the Professional Counselors' Network at Exodus International, served as a clinical member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), including publishing alongside NARTH's head, Joseph Nicolosi, and has run his own "cure the gays" counseling program.
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Then in recent years, Rosebush ran his own one-man "coaching" business called "Coaching Confidant," devoted to "curing" gay people, and other "sex addicts," by phone for $125 an hour.
coaching-confidant-air-force-academy-gay-2
Rosebush is also an author. Among other anti-gay tracts, he authored "Sanctifying Coaching: Sexual purity and peace for Christian men with same-sex attractions. Here's a little of the blurb for the book on Amazon:
coaching-confidant-air-force-academy-gay-e Dr. Rosebush's Sanctification Coaching provides the groundbreaking methods that helped his clients achieve sexual purity, peace and heterosexual confidence. If you are a Christian tired of being distressed over your same-sex attractions, then Sanctification Coaching was written for you!
Dr. Rosebush is also a contributing author to The Handbook of Therapy for Unwanted Homosexual Tendencies: A Guide to Treatment. Dr. Rosebush has decades of success in counseling Christian men who struggle with same-sex attractions.
Before his nearly two decades working with the religious right on trying to cure gays, Rosebush was in the Air Force and, in addition to flying planes, taught behavior science and went on to get a PhD in counseling psychology.
Focus on the Family on the "lack of character in men dealing with homosexuality"
For nearly 20 years, Rosebush worked for organizations that didn't think that gays should even be cadets, or serve in the military at all. Yet, now he's in charge of a program - designed a program - to help Air Force Academy cadets build character and leadership abilities, when it's doubtful that Focus on the Family, Exodus or NARTH felt that gay American service members had any character at all.
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Mike Rosebush's last six jobs, stretching all the way from 1995 to present. ("Focus" means "Focus on the Family."
Mike Rosebush's last six jobs, stretching all the way from 1995 to present. ("Focus" means "Focus on the Family."
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Just to recap: Mike Rosebush, the president of Coaching Confidant, a counseling service geared towards curing gays and other "sex addicts," who for twenty years worked with gay-hating religious right organizations to "cure" gays of this supposed flaw in their character, is now hired by the Air Force Academy to design and oversee their "coaching" program, and help build the "character" of Air Force cadets, and we're to believe that the scientifically-baseless coaching work Rosebush did the day before he joined the academy has nothing to do with the coaching work he did the day after.
It's clear from the email the Air Force Academy sent me that they'd like us to believe that Mike Rosebush was a really qualified guy back before he went off the pseudo-science deep-end twenty years ago.
And that's great.
Had the Air Force Academy hired Mike Rosebush back in 1994, before he joined with the worst of the worst anti-civil-rights activists in America in his nearly 20-year quest to "cure" an entire class of American citizens of their minority status, no one would have complained.
But it's not 1994. It's nearly 2014.
And Mike Rosebush, who was an Air Force Teacher 20+ years ago, is now Mike Rosebush, anti-gay quack.
Another "ex-gay" - in this case, an ex-"ex-gay" whose a lot more famous than Rosebush, weighed in last night on the controversy in a statement from the American Military Partner Association:
The American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation's premier resource and support network for LGBT military spouses and their families, released the following statements today regarding the employment of Dr. Mike Rosebush by the U.S. Air Force Academy. Dr. Rosebush has spent a lifetime devoted to advocating the pseudoscience that homosexuality is something that can and should be "cured.
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A week ago, I approached Dr Michael Rosebush regarding his past exgay therapy, I was shocked and appalled he actually turned me towards resources to evaluate the practice. I'm disappointed someone like this is evaluating programs at the Air Force Academy. Dr Rosebush chose to be a public figure of the exgay/ antigay movement. With his previous public positions, his very presence creates an atmosphere that's hostile for the workplace.
And hostile for our cadets as well.
Follow @aravosis (I'm told that in order to actually see my Facebook posts in your feed, you need to "follow" me - so say the experts.) Tags:Air Force Academy, cadet, character, DADT, Dr. Mike Rosebush, ex-gay, lgbt, military
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Sounds like Dr. Rosebush will add to the diversity of USAFA and do a great job.
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Your assertion that Rosebush stopped doing conversion therapy prior to his rejoining the Air Force is not correct based on the facts we know. He kept his business, Coaching Confidants, running up until he did rejoin the AF. Detail here: http://americablog.com/2013/11/air-force-academy-ex-gay-cure-advocate-overseeing-cadet-counseling.html.
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Your entire position seems to be one of being an apologetic for Rosebush. The facts point toward his continuing to use RT well after he was aware of its deleterious effects and lack of efficacy. He only stopped his practice devoted to the technique when he rejoined the Air Force.
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It's clear you've condemned Dr. Rosebush. If he were tied to a stake, you'd happily light the fire. Not because you have any evidence that his body of work at the academy is objectionable, but because he associated with people you hate.
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As I've said, Dr. Rosebush has a 4 year body of work at the academy.
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The organization Dr. Rosebush worked with stopped doing reparation therapy prior to his employment at the Academy in 2009.
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The Academy has provided the curriculum developed by Dr. Rosebush.
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Dr. Rosebush is an accomplished curriculum developer, former Air Force officer, and executive. And no, his activities with FOF are not and have never been a secret.
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Yet several students have made allegations about Rosebush and his involvement, but you choose to ignore them. Did you read Seefried's statement (above)? Or did you read what the AMPA said? Perhaps you're trying to do a cover up by insinuation that Rosebush is being railroaded.
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Dr. Rosebush was a public figure prior to commencing his present 4 year employment.
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Dr. Rosebush is a counselor, and has been writing curriculum for 20 years. He was also a successful Air Force officer.
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This is why the Inspector General needs to conduct an inquiry as to how Dr. Rosebush was hired given his professional work experience that clearly disqualifies him for the position. Indeed, the gravest concern is how Brig. Gen. Gregory Lengyel, the Commandant of Cadets at the Air Force Academy has acted in direct insubordination of Policy as directed to him from his Civilian Superiors. The very fact that the response from the Academy is that Dr. Rosebush is ""only" in charge of "coaching" them on developing good character and leadership skills" is concrete evidence of insubordination and countermanding orders by Academy Leadership. The previous 20 years of professional experience of Dr. Rosebush in practicing, promoting, and supporting "reparative therapy" directly relates to his willingness to place super

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