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Guidelines for Psychologists Working with Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity

04 July 2019

These guidelines relate to gender, sexuality and relationship diverse (GSRD) people.

That is, broadly people who do not identify as heterosexual, monogamous or cisgender.

This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as well as people who identify as asexual (do not or rarely experience sexual attraction), are agender (have no gender), have a non-binary gender (have a gender other than male or female), are pansexual (have attraction irrespective of gender), and many other groups.

The guidelines do not, however, relate to anything non-consensual.

The identities and practices considered here are not in themselves pathological, and are part of human diversity.

These guidelines are aimed at applied psychologists working with mental distress, but may also be applied in associated psychological fields.

The principles they are based upon are derived from both the literature and best practice agreement of experts in the field and may also be applied to other disciplines, such as counselling, psychotherapy, psychiatry, medicine, nursing and social work.

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