Assessing for Trans Competency in our Workforce

Hopes, Challenges, and Next Steps


  • Jeremiah Gibson New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy


lgbtq, therapist education, trans activism, family therapy, trans health


And while a Biden administration seems intentional on protecting the rights of queer people on a national level, if, say, Ron DeSantis gets elected as President of the United States next November, there’s a high likelihood that sanctions against the queer, trans, and gender non-binary community, and services providers who provide comprehensive mental and behavioral health services for this community, will be high on his agenda. 

Which leads to the following questions:

1) In general, how prepared is the psychotherapy community for something like this? 

2) More specifically, what are tools and resources that the psychotherapy community might need to improve their support for trans and gender-non binary people in the face of growing sanctions and eliminations of human rights?

This article addresses a small survey that assesses for trans competency 

Author Biography

Jeremiah Gibson, New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy

Jeremiah Gibson is the Executive Director for the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST). He is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist at the South Shore Family Health Collaborative in Quincy, where he provides couples and sex therapy and teaches in their training program. His professional interests include couples and families with young children, couples and sexuality, and religious/spiritual issues.




How to Cite

Gibson, J. (2023). Assessing for Trans Competency in our Workforce: Hopes, Challenges, and Next Steps. New England Journal of Relational and Systemic Practice, 3(1). Retrieved from