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Dr. Mike Rosebush

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Director of Counseling

Phone: (719) ***-****  HQ Phone
U.S. Air Force Academy
2354 Fairchild Drive Suite 6J71
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80840
United States

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Professional Counselors for Exodus International
  • Board Member
    Professional Counselors' Network of Exodus International

Education

  • Ph.D. , Counseling Psychology
    University of North Carolina
  • PhD
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One of Gaylesta’s members, Guy Albert, ...
www.gaylesta.org, 13 Mar 2014 [cached]
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.
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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.
News | Gaylesta
www.gaylesta.org, 26 June 2013 [cached]
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.
Mike Rosebush has spent more ...
www.advocate.com, 19 Nov 2013 [cached]
Mike Rosebush has spent more than two decades advocating for the discredited therapeutic practice that aims to turn gay people straight. He's now the head of the cadet counseling program at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
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John Aravosis at AmericaBlog broke the news today that the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., had hired Mike Rosebush, Ph.D, to serve as the chief of character and leadership coaching at the academy.
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Rosebush has spent the past two decades "helping" other men "overcome" their homosexual desires.
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Rosebush is also a former vice president of the antigay organization Focus on the Family, which has its headquarters in Colorado Springs, just a few miles from the academy's entry gate.
Rosebush's "ex-gay" ties extend back to at least 1995, reports Aravosis, noting that Rosebush served as director of the professional counselors' network for the now-defunct Exodus International, which was, until its shuttering and "rebranding" earlier this year, the nation's most vocal supporter of "reparative therapy. Rosebush also co-authored a "handbook" on "Therapy for Unwanted Homosexual Attractions" with disgraced former researcher George Rekers and NARTH founder Joseph Nicolosi.
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"Hiring a counselor like Dr. Rosebush sends a message that perhaps the Air Force Academy isn't serious about creating an environment where all cadets are treated equally."
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"The fact that Dr. Rosebush has so little regard for best practices on issues of human sexuality and so-called reparative therapy begs the question - how can any cadets trust such a man to be on their side when that man has proven over the course of his career that his ideology always comes before his clients' needs?"
Air Force Academy Continues Defending Employment of Conversion Therapy Advocate | Human Rights Campaign
www.hrc.org, 6 Mar 2014 [cached]
Washington - The United States Air Force Academy is continuing to defend the hiring of conversion therapy advocate Dr. Mike Rosebush. Dr. Rosebush, hired by the Academy in 2009, works for the Academy's Center for Character and Leadership Development. The academy insists the conversion therapy advocate doesn't counsel cadets, instead claiming he simply coaches them in developing good leadership skills. Today, the Air Force Academy attempted to calm the growing outrage by holding a teleconference call, featuring three supportive cadets who spoke about the culture for LGB people at the Academy.
"It's stunning that Air Force Academy officials think it's even remotely appropriate to have someone like Mike Rosebush in a leadership position," said Fred Sainz, Human Rights Campaign Vice President of Communications.
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"While it's positive that some cadets feel the culture at the Academy is welcoming to openly LGB people, it's undeniable that Mike Rosebush's toxic views send a harmful message that there is something fundamentally wrong with being gay. That is irresponsible, and his junk science has no place at the United States Air Force Academy."
Rosebush's anti-gay resume is hefty. Prior to working at the Air Force Academy, Rosebush offered over-the-phone conversion therapy through his business "Coaching Confident. He also served as a Vice President for the anti-gay group Focus on the Family and as a member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH).
Rosebush also was Director of Professional Counselors for Exodus International, the now-defunct "ex-gay" organization.
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Rosebush also authored the 2009 book "Sanctification Coaching" and billed himself as an expert in helping men tackle "unwanted same-sex attractions."
The Air Force Academy ...
americablog.com [cached]
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.
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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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