2012 CLGBTC Annual Report

2012 Members

  • 2012 Chair: Ellyn Kaschak, PhD (2010-2012)

  • Angela D. Ferguson, PhD (2011-2013)

  • Helen Hsu, PsyD (2012-2014)

  • Jose Miranda, PsyD (2012-2014)

  • Kevin Nadal PhD (2010-2012)

  • Parrish L. Paul, PhD (2011-2013)

Diversity Report

The 2012 committee includes two members identifying as lesbians, three members identifying as gay men, and one member identifying as an ally. One of the members is a senior psychologist, two members are mid-career psychologists and three members are early career psychologists. One member identifies as African-American, one as Asian-American, two as European-American, one as Filipino and one member identifies as Latino.

Committee Procedures

The committee established two subcommittees, (1) Dissemination and Implementation and (2) Science, as a means to monitor and achieve tasks on the committee’s agenda. The committee has decided to move to a system of two co-chairs per year. The committee decided to discuss diversity implications, considerations and/or opportunities related to all committee agenda items. The committee has established a practice of self-introductions in which all attendees and visitors acknowledge their gender pronoun preference.

2012 CLGBTC Outstanding Achievement Award

2012 Convention Activities

The committee conducted a CLGBTC Town Hall Meeting program at the APA meeting in Orlando. The primary purpose was to inform APA members about the committee’s mission and goals and to offer a forum for APA members to provide feedback to the committee regarding LGBTQ psychology, issues, concerns, and communities in respect to APA academic and clinical training programs. The committee co-sponsored one Town Hall Meeting with Youth and Families Chair Richard Sprott, Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues).

Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender Clients

The committee established a joint task force with Division 44 to develop guidelines for psychological practice with transgender clients. Co-chairs for the task force are Drs. Anneliese Singh and lore m. dickey, and the other members are Drs. Walter O. Bockting, Sand Chang, Kelly Ducheny, Laura Edwards-Leeper, Randal D. Ehrbar, Max Fuhrmann, Michael L. Hendricks and Ellen Magalhaes. The governance review of the guidelines is expected to begin in 2013.

Advocacy for Transgender Inclusion in APA Governance

The committee met with the president and CEO of APA in order to determine ways to influence governance regarding transgender issues.

Dissemination and Implementation

The CLGBTC Dissemination and Implementation Subcommittee and the National Council of School Professional Psychology (NCSPP) developed and piloted a workshop addressing affirmative practice with individuals experiencing conflict between their sexuality and their religion based on chapter six of the Report of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation. The workshop was presented at the APA 2012 Annual Convention for CEU credit and is now an online offering of the APA Continuing Education Office.

Publications

The public general informational brochure Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality has been translated into Spanish and is available online and hard copy. The public general informational brochure Answers to Your Questions about Transgender People, Gender Identity and Gender Expression has also been translated into Spanish and will be available online and in hard copy by the end of the year. The committee has initiated processes to revise and update one resolution and two publications including the 1993 APA Resolution on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Youth in Schools in collaboration with the Committee on Children, Youth and Families (CYF), Divisions 16 (School Psychology) and 44, and the National Association of School Psychologists; the public information brochure Answers to Your Questions About Individuals with Intersex Conditions in collaboration with CYF; and the booklet Lesbian & Gay Parenting in collaboration with CYF and the Committee on Women in Psychology.