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Words Matter: Highlighting an Inclusive Language Resource in ACCP’s DEIA Toolkit

The American Psychological Association Inclusive Language Guide was written to raise awareness, provide direct learning, and support the use of culturally sensitive terms and phrases.1 The guide includes not only terms and definitions but also explanations regarding why certain terms or phrases are harmful to groups of people who have been marginalized and guidance on avoiding conversational language that may contribute to microaggressions.

The APA Inclusive Language Guide is just one of the more than 100 vetted resources available within ACCP’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) toolkit. The toolkit was designed and is maintained by the ACCP DEIA Task Force. The toolkit is available to both members and nonmembers. DEIA resources in the toolkit include those applicable to clinical practice, teaching and education, research and scholarship, mentorship, and recruitment and employment. Search the toolkit for content and/or filter the content by topic, setting, or format. Do you have a resource that would be helpful to others? Please share it with the DEIA Task Force at [email protected].


1. American Psychological Association (APA). Inclusive Language Guide, 2nd ed. APA, 2023. Available at