Joint Task Force to Develop Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns (CLGBTC) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, APA’s Division 44, have appointed a joint Task Force to develop guidelines for psychological practice with transgender and gender non-conforming clients.

The members of the task force are Walter O. Bockting, lore m. dickey, Kelly Ducheny, Laura Edwards-Leeper, Randal D. Ehrbar, Michael L. Hendricks and Anneliese Singh.

Michael Mobley, CLGBTC chair, and Bonnie Strickland, Division 44 President, appointed the task force members upon the recommendation of a working group appointed by the Committee and the Division for that purpose. The Working Group included Connie Matthews and Michael Mobley representing CLGBTC and Kristin A. Hancock and Heather Aidala representing Division 44. The working group solicited nominations broadly in an open nominations process and used the following criteria in deciding their recommended appointments:

  • Experience in the conduct of research on transgender or gender nonconformity issues and knowledge of the relevant literature; 

  • Clinical experience in working with transgender and gender nonconforming people and familiarity with areas of professional consensus and controversy; 

  • Experience with areas of diversity within transgender populations (including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, rural vs. urban); 

  • Experience with APA governance, APA practice guideline development or the development of APA policy statements or with writing other policy statements or guidelines; 

  • General range of professional perspectives among Task Force members (e.g., counseling psychology, clinical psychology, community psychology, science and practice);

The work of the task force will involve intensive literature review, writing, guideline development and revisions in response to comments. The work of the Task Force is likely to take two to three years.  Once completed, the guidelines will be reviewed by APA governance and submitted for public comment in accordance with the APA rules, before being finally considered by the APA Board of Directors and the APA Council of Representatives for adoption as policy.

For further information about the Task Force, email the APA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office or call (202) 336-6041.