Task force reports

Report from the APA Task Force on Psychological Practice Guidelines with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients

Psychological practice guidelines are one step closer to being adopted.

By Anneliese A. Singh, PhD, and lore m. dickey, PhD

 (left to right) lore m. dickey, PhD and Anneliese A. Singh, PhDThe public comment period for the proposed Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Clients ended on June 7, 2014. This brings the guidelines one step closer in the vetting process for official adoption by APA.

The members of the APA Task Force on Psychological Practice Guidelines with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients were appointed in the summer of 2011 by the leadership Div. 44 Executive Board and the Committee for LGBT Concerns (CLGBTC) after an extensive nomination and selection process. The task force is co-chaired by lore m. dickey, PhD, and Anneliese A. Singh, PhD, and was charged with developing TGNC-affirmative psychological practice guidelines that were grounded in TGNC research and best practices. Task force members have met monthly via conference call since fall 2011 to review relevant TGNC research, competencies, and standards. There have also been in-person meetings and small work groups that have formed within the task force to maintain the momentum of developing guidelines.

The task force has also worked with multiple reviewers who are experts in TGNC mental health or psychological practice and APA COPPS representatives to ensure compliance of the guidelines with the most current TGNC-affirmative research and APA policy. The task force has also consulted with the authors of previous APA guidelines (e.g., LGB guidelines, prevention guidelines) to identify opportunities and challenges in the process of APA guideline development. The task force has completed the first draft of the TGNC guidelines that will undergo APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest and CLGBTC review. There are numerous following steps including public review and review by various APA entities. If you have questions about the status of the guidelines, please email Anneliese Singh or lore m. dickey for more information.

APA Task Force Members:
  • Walter O. Bockting (Columbia University)
  • Sand Chang (Independent Practice)
  • lore m. dickey (Louisiana Tech University)
  • Kelly Ducheny (Howard Brown Health Center)
  • Laura Edwards-Leeper (Pacific University)
  • Randall Ehrbar (Whitman-Walker Health)
  • Max Fuentes Fuhrmann (Independent Practice)
  • Michael L. Hendricks (Washington Psychological Center, P.C.)
  • Ellen Magalhaes (Nova Southeastern & Alliant International)
  • Anneliese A. Singh (The University of Georgia)