Atlanta Meeting of the APA Task Force on Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients

The APA Task Force on Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Clients held its first in-person meeting in Atlanta on February 10-12, 2012. Task force members flew from Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C., to meet and begin the development of guidelines for psychological practice with transgender clients. Integrated into this meeting was a community dialogue with local transgender community organizers who discussed their experiences with mental health professionals and the potential impact that developing these guidelines might have on their lives. The task force compiled this information in order to inform the development of guidelines.

Among the topics during the weekend, the task force prepared a timeline for completion of the guidelines. Throughout the weekend, members of the task force referred to the groundbreaking work of the LGB Guidelines. The task force will continue to meet through telephone conference calls as they work to develop the guidelines.

Clinton Anderson, director of the APA Office of LGBT Concerns, joined the meeting with the seven task force members in order to provide technical support as an APA representative. Recently, three additional members have been added to the original seven-person task force in order to ensure representation of issues related to transgender women and people of color: Sand Chang (private practice, adjunct faculty at Alliant University), Max Fuhrmann (private practice, adjunct faculty at University of Southern California) and Ellen Magalhaes (private practice, adjunct faculty at Alliant University and Nova Southeastern University). These three members joined the Atlanta meeting via conference call. The members of the task force are lore m. dickey (co-chair), Anneliese A. Singh (co-chair), Walter Bockting, Sand Chang, Kelly Ducheny, Laura Edwards-Leeper, Randall Ehrbar, Max Fuhrmann, Michael Hendricks and Ellen Magalhaes.