The 7th edition APA Publication Manual (Manual) was released in October 2019. The significant changes between the 6th edition and 7th edition of the Manual were described in a previous issue of The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families. This article is written to expand on the substantial changes to the Manual’s guidelines and to focus on bias-free language and inclusivity. Using the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors Code of Ethics as a cornerstone, this article will focus on such diverse issues as advocacy, bias-free language, gender, inclusivity, racial/ethnic identity, sensitivity (avoiding labels), socioeconomic, and intersectionality issues. Recommendations are made, and examples are provided to help couple and family counselors become cognizant of the changes.
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