The “Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People” were adopted by APA’s Council of Representatives at its meeting Aug. 5.

The guidelines were drafted by an APA task force in the wake of an APA survey in 2009 that found less than 30 percent of psychologist and graduate student respondents were familiar with the issues that transgender and gender nonconforming people face.

The document lays out 16 guidelines aimed at helping professionals better understand the lifespan development, stigma, discrimination and barriers to care faced by this population, as well as the state of research surrounding transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

apa-logoMembers of the APA Task Force on Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People were:

  • lore m. dickey, PhD, Louisiana Tech University, co-chair
  • Anneliese A. Singh, PhD, University of Georgia, co-chair
  • Walter O. Bockting, PhD, Columbia University
  • Sand Chang, PhD, independent practice
  • Kelly Ducheny, PsyD, Howard Brown Health Center
  • Laura Edwards-Leeper, PhD, Pacific University
  • Randall D. Ehrbar, PsyD, Whitman-Walker Health
  • Max Fuentes Fuhrmann, PhD, independent practice
  • Michael L. Hendricks, PhD, Washington Psychological Health Center, P.C.
  • Ellen Magalhaes, PhD, Nova Southeastern University and Alliant International University

A copy of the guidelines can be found online (PDF, 819KB).