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A revision of the guidelines is warranted at this point in time because there have been many changes in the field of lesbian, gay, and bisexual psychology.Existing topics have evolved and the literature also has expanded into new areas of interest for those working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients.

These guidelines were developed collaboratively by Division 44 / Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity(CSOGD).

In addition, the refers to a person’s biological status and is typically categorized as male, female, or intersex (i.e., atypical combinations of features that usually distinguish male from female).

There are a number of indicators of biological sex, including sex chromosomes, gonads, internal reproductive organs, and external genitalia.

The guidelines revision process was funded by Division 44 and by the APA Board of Directors.

Supporting literature for these guidelines is consistent with the APA Ethics Code (APA, 2002b) and other APA policy.

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  1. These guidelines provide practitioners with a frame of reference for the treatment of lesbian, gay and bisexual clients, and basic information and further references in the areas of assessment, intervention, identity, relationships and the education and training of psychologists.

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