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Douglas Knutson

Co-Author of "Counseling in a Gender Expansive World: Resources to Support Therapeutic Practice"

February 7, 2023

Douglas Knutson (he/him), Ph.D., LHSP, is an assistant professor in the School of Community Health Sciences, Counseling and Counseling Psychology. He serves as the director of the Diversity and Rural Advocacy Group (DRAG), a consortium of scholars who research and advocate for LGBTQ+ health and equity. DRAG was the recipient of the 2022 AMSA/GLMA LGBTQ Health Achievement Award. Dr. Knutson serves as an associate editor for Journal of Rural Mental Health and on the editorial boards of Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity and The Counseling Psychologist. His research focuses on rural health, LGBTQ+ resilience, transgender and nonbinary affirming care. For more information about his work, visit Check out his most recent fact sheet for parents at

Transgender and gender-expansive people are increasingly becoming the focus of media, politics, and of public conversation. With this increased attention comes greater visibility and counselors are now, more than ever, likely to clinically engage with openly transgender or gender-expansive clients during their careers. This is in spite of the fact that many counselors have not received specific training in skills, knowledge, and awareness necessary to provide affirming, informed care for these populations. In this book, the authors provide practical, real-life suggestions and interventions to help therapists, supervisors, and trainees increase in their competence and confidence in working with transgender and gender-expansive clients. The resources provided here are informed by evidence-based practice, scholarship on intersectionality, and by social justice and advocacy movements. "Counseling in a Gender Expansive World: Resources to Support Therapeutic Practice" is a useful supplement to clinical work with transgender and gender-expansive people, especially for the many clinicians who work in regions with limited transgender-specific resources.


Last Updated: 9 February 2023