Revised Mental Health Standards of Care for those working with Transgender Clients

WPATH, (formerly the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association) has  just issued the latest version of the Standards of Care (SOC) since the last edition came out in 2001. These new guidelines provide the highest standards of health care for health professionals to assist transsexual, transgender and gender nonconforming people to achieve lasting personal comfort with their transgender selves. This workshop will focus on the clinical guidelines suggested in the Standard of Care for successful MTF and FTM transitions, as well as guidelines for the therapist/client relationship working towards  transition. In addition, we will address common clinical issues associated with transitioning, with time for questions and answers.

Click to download a copy of the SOC v 7


Issues that will be addressed:

Criteria for hormone therapy, Outline for letter for hormones, Is the psychotherapist responsible for reviewing the risks of hormones?, When is psychotherapy necessary? Goals for psychotherapy, Understanding minority stress, Ethical guidelines, Reproductive issues for those who want to have children, The relationship between the mental health professional and other health professionals such as the endocrinologist or the surgeon, Ethical issues regarding sex reassignment surgery, Criteria for breast/chest surgery, and Criteria for genital surgery.

WHEN: February 18, 2012, 10 am to 12:15

WHERE: The Transgender Center, 604 Pacific, Houston, TX 77006

COST: Professionals $35* Students $20 (*includes CEUs for LPCs or LCSW)

RSVP requested:


Presenter Biographies:

Denise O’Doherty

Denise O’Doherty, a native New Yorker, is a psychotherapist who has had a private practice in Houston for 28 years. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she is also a Registered Nurse and has a Masters Degree in Psychiatric Nursing. As an advocate for gender education, she has presented at the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Conference, S.P.I.C.E., Soutern Comfort, IFGE, Texas Lesbian Conference and throughout Houston locally. She is an active member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health  (WPATH). You can find out more about her practice at



Stacey “Colt” Meier

Stacey “Colt” Meier is a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. Colt’s area of research revolves around the femaleto-male transsexual (FTM) community including psychological health, sexual orientation, and the psychological effects of testosterone. Colt obtained a bachelor’s degree conferred Summa Cum Laude in psychology at Rice University as well as a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston. Currently, Colt has multiple peer reviewed published articles, a book chapter, and more than a thirty professional presentations on transgender issues. Colt serves as the graduate student representative for the Texas Psychological Association (TPA) LGBT SIG. He also serves as student representative of Division 44, the Society for the Study of LGBT Issues, of the American Psychological Association (APA). Colt is a graduate student affiliate of WPATH, APA, and TPA. He serves as an educational and research consultant for the Transgender Foundation of America.


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