Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-variant People and Their Families

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Haworth Clinical Practice Press, 2004 - Psychology - 467 pages
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Explore an ecological strength-based framework for the treatment of gender-variant clients

This comprehensive book provides you with a clinical and theoretical overview of the issues facing transgendered/transsexual people and their families. Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and Their Families views assessment and treatment through a nonpathologizing lens that honors human diversity and acknowledges the role of oppression in the developmental process of gender identity formation.

Specific sections of Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and Their Families address the needs of gender-variant people as well as transgender children and youth. The issues facing gender-variant populations who have not been the focus of clinical care, such as intersexed people, female-to-male transgendered people, and those who identify as bigendered, are also addressed.

The book examines:
  • the six stages of transgender emergence
  • coming out transgendered as a normative process of gender identity development
  • thinking "outside the box" in the deconstruction of sex and gender
  • the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as the convergence, overlap, and integration of these parts of the self
  • the power of personal narrative in gender identity development
  • etiology and typographies of transgenderism
  • treatment models that emerge from various clinical perspectives
  • alternative treatment modalities based on gender variance as a normative lifecycle developmental process
Complete with fascinating case studies, a critique of diagnostic processes, treatment recommendations, and a helpful glossary of relevant terms, this book is an essential reference for anyone who works with gender-variant people. Handy tables and figures make the information easier to access and understand.

Visit the author's Web site at http://www.choicesconsulting.com

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Review: Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and Their Families

User Review  - Hannah Goor - Goodreads

I mostly am giving this book 3 stars because I was looking for more specific therapeutic techniques and less theory on gender identity. Still informative and important! Read full review

Review: Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and Their Families

User Review  - Zoom - Goodreads

This book helped me understand the kinds of things that transgender people deal with. It also made me realize that it's practically impossible to generalize about transgender people, since ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Arlene Istar Lev, CSW-R, CASAC, is a family therapist who specializes in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people and their families. She is the founder of Choices Counseling and Consulting, which has been serving the Albany, NY, area since 1986.

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