CAMFT Statement on Therapy with Transgender and Gender
Nonconforming (TGNC) Clients
December 5, 2015
The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) Code
of Ethics state Marriage and Family Therapists do not condone or engage in
discrimination or refuse professional services to anyone on the basis of race,
gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, sexual orientation,
disability, socioeconomic status, or marital status.i
CAMFT reaffirms its respect of human diversity, including variations in gender
identity and gender expression.ii
CAMFT affirms being transgender or gender nonconforming (TGNC) are positive
and healthy variations of gender identities and gender expressions.
TGNC people face discrimination and prejudice in multiple settings including
but not limited to employment, housing, education, public assistance, bathroom
access, immigration, incarceration, and health care, in a culture that often
devalues their inherent contributions to society.iii "Awareness of and
sensitivity to the effects of anti-trans prejudice and discrimination can assist
therapists in assessing, treating, and advocating for their TGNC clients.” iv
Therefore, therapists “are encouraged to ensure that their work settings
are welcoming and respectful of TGNC people.” v
CAMFT appreciates and recognizes the work of the American Psychological Association’s
Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming
For more information:
- APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming
- World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards
of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming
i CAMFT Code of Ethics, section 1.1.
ii CAMFT Statement: CAMFT Issues Statement Supporting Marriage Equality.
iii American Psychological Association Guidelines for Psychological Practice
with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People (2015).