The Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients were adopted by the APA Council of Representatives, Feb.
18-20, 2011, and replace the original Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients adopted by the Council, Feb. Each of the 21 new guidelines provide an update of the psychological literature supporting them, include a section on "Rationale" and "Application," and expand upon the original guidelines to provide assistance to psychologists in areas such as religion and spirituality, the differentiation of gender identity and sexual orientation, socioeconomic and workplace issues, and the use and dissemination of research on LGB issues.
These guidelines have been used nationally and internationally in practice and training and to inform public policy.
They will expire or be revised in 10 years from the date they are adopted by APA.
These authors and others (e.g., Fox, 1996; Greene, 1994b; Nystrom, 1997; Pilkington & Cantor, 1996) suggested that there was a need for better education and training in working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients.Behavior that is compatible with cultural expectations is referred to as gender-normative; behaviors that are viewed as incompatible with these expectations constitute gender non-conformity.refers to “one’s sense of oneself as male, female, or transgender” (American Psychological Association, 2006).The guidelines are intended to inform the practice of psychologists and to provide information for the education and training of psychologists regarding LGB issues.The following links go to the page that includes the particular section, guideline or accompanying document: Introduction Attitudes Toward Homosexuality and Bisexuality Guideline 1.