World Professional Association for Transgender Health

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The World Professional Association for Transgender Health, (WPATH) formerly known as the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, Inc. (HBIGDA) is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders. WPATH's policies and standards of ethics have not changed appreciably since the organization's name was changed.

Mission Statement

As an international multidisciplinary professional Association the mission of WPATH is to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health.

Vision Statement

The vision of WPATH is to expand its worldwide authority by promoting education, advocacy, training, research, quality health care and best practice standards for service providers and policy makers regarding gender variant individuals.

Goals and Tasks

As an international interdisciplinary, professional organization, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) will work to further the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders by professionals in medicine, psychology, law, social work, counseling, psychotherapy, family studies, sociology, anthropology, sexology, speech and voice therapy, and other related fields.

WPATH provides opportunities for professionals from various subspecialties to communicate with each other in the context of research and treatment of gender identity disorder including sponsoring biennial scientific symposia.

WPATH publishes the Standards of Care (February 20, 2001) and Ethical Guidelines (November, 2000), which articulate a professional consensus about the psychiatric, psychological, medical, and surgical management of gender identity disorders, and help professionals understand the parameters within which they may offer assistance to those with these conditions.

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