The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), formerly known as the (Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, HBIGDA), is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders.
WPATH 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.
2013 National Transgender Health Summit
Cosponsored by the UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health
EARLY REGISTRATION FOR THE SUMMIT HAS BEEN EXTENDED
TO MAY 3, 2013!
Register now for the 2013 National Transgender Health Summit!
May 17th & 18th, 2013 - Oakland, CA
The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health invite health care providers, health and human service professionals, mental health professionals, health administrators, researchers, students and advocates to attend the 2013 National Transgender Health Summit. Programming includes plenary sessions by world-renowned experts in the field of transgender health care, training tracks for medical and mental health care providers interested in building their skills for working with transgender patients and clients, a research track for the dissemination of cutting edge developments in the field of transgender health, and a transgender health policy institute.
Early bird registration ends May 3rd, 2013
Full program information is available online at http://transhealth.ucsf.edu/summit
CME and CEU course credit available.
Call for Abstracts: 23rd WPATH Biennial Symposium
February 14 – 18, 2014
Anantara Riverside Resort & Spa Hotel
Transgender Health in Global Perspectives
All abstracts must be submitted on the following website by July 1, 2013:
Click Submit Here
The purpose of the 23rd WPATH International Symposium is to present professionals with the latest advances in research, education, clinical service, and advocacy to promote the health and well being of transgender and transsexual people and their families. The scientific program will address topics in several areas including primary care, psychiatry, endocrinology, and surgery; psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy; sociology and anthropology; gender and sexuality; speech and voice therapy; and other related fields relevant to transgender health. We invite all professionals, clinicians, researchers, and academics to submit relevant abstracts.
There will be a variety of special panels, paper presentations, poster sessions and speakers, including some of the following topics: Children, families, and youth; ethnic/racial and cultural diversity in transgender health; transition-related services; community-based health care and community-participatory research; transgenderism in sports; human rights; and the latest advances in brain research. An update will be provided on the revision of the DSM and ICD gender-related diagnoses. Proof of Attendance Certificate and CEUs will be given to all Symposium attendees. CME’s and CEU’s will be offered for the Pre-Conference Continuing Education program.
Call for Mini-Symposia
2014 WPATH Symposium in Bangkok
The WPATH symposium scientific programming committee is requesting applications for mini-symposia to be held during the 2014 WPATH symposium in Bangkok on February 14-18, 2014. The organizers of these mini-symposia should plan a session consisting of 3-4 invited speakers surrounding a topic important for transgender health. The best proposals will be selected for inclusion in the WPATH symposium programming. There are no funds available for the organizers or invited speakers. Successful applications will be notified by July 1, 2013.
Click here for the application:
WPATH ICD Consensus Process
In February 2013, WPATH convened an international committee to discuss proposed ICD-11 changes to the diagnoses related to Gender Dysphoria (Gender Identity Disorder in ICD-10). Participants included the full WPATH Board of Directors, representatives of the World Health Organization from Geneva, and clinicians and transgender community members from South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Work is ongoing, and more detailed reports are forthcoming as discussions progress, but in the meantime, this blog entry from WPATH member Christine Burns of the UK is highly descriptive of our process and the progress to date. Readers who wish to follow Christine’s blog posts may find them here: