At the American Psychological Association Convention on August 28, 2009, the Council of Representatives accepted several reports that address issues with a bearing on the practice of psychology, including the Report of the Task Force on Gender Identity and Gender Variance.
Walter Bockting, PhD, was a member of the Task Force on Gender Identity and Gender Variance that was formed in 2005 and charged with making recommendations for APA policies, education and training, and appropriate collaborations. Additionally, the group was asked to propose means for the APA to best meet the needs of psychologists and students who identify as transgender or gender variant.
The report will help to inform clinicians, who are often a primary resource for information, regarding transgender and gender variant issues for transgender individuals, gender variant individuals, their families and friends, as well as employers, schools, and government agencies.
According to the Task Force, "This report highlights opportunities for APA to advance social justice as well as to support competent and ethical practice by promoting research, education, and professional development concerning transgender issues among psychologists, by creating a welcoming environment for transgender psychologists and students of psychology, and by supporting the human rights of all transgender citizens."
View the complete text of the Report of the Task Force on Gender Identity and Gender Variance
You can also view the Resolution on Transgender, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression
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