For Trans individuals, the impact of overt and subtle discrimination and marginalization by medical and psychological health care providers can be devastating. Without proper support and education, even well-meaning practitioners can cause long-term harm to a community that has routinely been stigmatized and often hesitant to seek services as a result. Organizations that seek to change that reality are vital to prioritizing best practices in health care for the Trans community.
That is why we are pleased to stand with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). WPATH is an interdisciplinary professional and educational organization dedicated promoting excellence in transgender health care. The organization’s mission is “to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy, and respect in transgender health.” In addition to publishing the Standards of Care and Ethical Guidelines, which detail a professional consensus about the psychiatric, psychological, medical, and surgical care, WPATH brings together professionals who commit to promoting high quality of care for transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals internationally.
Both clinicians who work with the Trans community at Wilder Therapy and Wellness, Dr. Jami Wilder and Dr. Heather Wilder, have joined as members of WPATH, further reinforcing their commitment to providing care to the community. The doctors, along with other members from around the world, will be participating this fall in WPATH‘s first training program leading to Transgender Heath Provider Certification.