Improving Psychological Services to Sexual and Gender Minorities: Practice Guidelines and Position Statements for Psychological Practice with LGBT People

[Speaker] Koch, Julie M:1
[Co-author] Horne, Sharon:2, Anderson, Clinton:3, Schlittler, Ron:3
1:American Psychological Association, Oklahoma State University (United States of America), 2:University of Massachusetts Boston (United States of America), 3:American Psychological Association Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (United States of America)

This presentation reviews the rationale for and process of development and implementation of guidelines adopted by the American Psychological Association (APA) for psychological practice with lesbian, gay, and bisexual, people, and transgender and gender nonconforming people. In February 2000, APA adopted Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients. In February 2011, APA adopted an updated and revised Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients. In August 2015, APA adopted Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People. Guidelines are intended to inform the practice of psychologists and to provide information for the education and training of psychologists regarding LGBT people and issues. The term guidelines refers to pronouncements, statements, or declarations that suggest or recommend specific professional behavior, endeavors, or conduct for psychologists. Guidelines are aspirational. Participants will be able to consider what would be involved with developing similar documents in their contexts.
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