Toward Defining, Measuring, and Evaluating LGBT Cultural Competence for Psychologists

Michael S. Boroughs, C. Andres Bedoya, Conall O'Cleirigh, Steven A. Safren

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A central part of providing evidence-based practice is appropriate cultural competence to facilitate psychological assessment and intervention with diverse clients. At a minimum, cultural competence with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people involves adequate scientific and supervised practical training, with increasing depth and complexity across training levels. To further this goal, we offer 28 recommendations of minimum standards moving toward ideal training for LGBT-specific cultural competence. We review and synthesize the relevant literature to achieve and assess competence across the various levels of training (doctoral, internship, postdoctoral, and beyond) in order to guide the field toward best practices. These recommendations are aligned with educational and practice guidelines set forth by the field and informed by other allied professions in order to provide a road map for programs, faculty, and trainees in improving the training of psychologists to work with LGBT individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-171
Number of pages21
JournalClinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Competence
  • Gender minorities
  • LGBT
  • Sexual minorities
  • Special populations
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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