1st Edition

Adult Transgender Care An Interdisciplinary Approach for Training Mental Health Professionals

Edited By Michael R. Kauth, Jillian C. Shipherd Copyright 2018
    242 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    242 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Adult Transgender Care provides an overview of transgender health and offers a comprehensive approach to training mental health professionals in transgender care. The book takes an interdisciplinary approach to transgender care, emphasizing the complementary contributions of psychiatry, psychology, and social work in providing transgender care within an integrated treatment team. Included in this text are overviews of how to conceptualize and provide treatment with complex and difficult clinical presentations and considerations for understanding how to address system-level challenges to treatment. Adult Transgender Care meets a unique need by providing detailed information, clinical interventions, case studies, and resources for mental health professionals on transgender care.

    1. How to Begin: An Introduction to the Book Kauth & Shipherd  2. Scientific and Cultural Perspectives on the Gender Binary Johnson  3. The Intersectionality of Minority Identities and Health Blosnich  4. Providing a Welcoming Clinic Environment Cochran, Reed, and Gleason  5. Supporting the Transgender Individual in Deciding their Pathway Hopwood  6. Preparing Clients for Hormone Therapy Firek & Sawan-Garcia  7. The High-Risk Client: Comorbid Conditions that Affect Care Sloan & Safer  8. Dialectical Behavior Therapy as a Treatment Option for Complex Cases of Gender Dysphoria Sloan & Berke  9. Pursuing Gender Transitioning Surgeries Schechter & Schechter  10. Adjunctive Interventions: Supportive Services for Gender Role Transitions Boedecker  11. Identity and Support Letters Keo-Meier, Ducheny, & Hendricks  12. Finding Additonal Resources Keig & Green  13. Sexual Health Among Transgender People Sheffield & Keuroghlian  14. Implementing a Transgender Care Policy in a Natioanl Healthcare System Shipherd, Kauth, & Brown


    Michael R. Kauth, PhD, is a clinical psychologist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas, and one of two directors of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Program within the Office of Patient Care Services in the Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Kauth is also co-director of the South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

    Jillian C. Shipherd, PhD, is a clinical research psychologist at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System and one of two directors of the LGBT Program within the Office of Patient Care Services in the Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Shipherd is also associate professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed publications, many of which are on transgender issues.

    "Adult Transgender Care provides an excellent nuts and bolts approach to providing competent gender affirming care in adults. The book is written by top authors in the field in a user-friendly, case-based approach. I highly recommend this book for students, post-doctoral fellows, mental health clinicians, primary care physicians or anyone who is interested in learning more about how to follow the best practices in transgender care."

    Vin Tangpricha, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, president-elect, World Professional Association for Transgender Health

    "This is a wonderful new resource for any clinician working with trans-identified individuals. It is unbelievably practical! Written by some of the best clinicians in the field, this is a must have book as an easy primer as well as an easy reference guide."

    Eli Coleman, PhD, professor and director, Program in Human Sexuality, University of Minnesota Medical School

    "Adult Transgender Care, edited by Michael Kauth and Jillian Shipherd, is a long overdue practical guide to comprehensive interdisciplinary transgender care for mental health professionals and trainees. It meets a pressing need, arriving at a time when few clinicians have received much training in this area despite a growing demand for services. In addition to being a valuable resource for seasoned clinicians, trainees and everyone in between, its breadth of coverage would make it an ideal textbook for courses in transgender care."

    William Byne, MD, PhD, editor-in-chief, LGBT Health, LGBT veteran care coordinator, James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, New York


    "All chapters have a very trans-affirming tone and many include passages on the importance of recognizing and supporting clients with nonbinary identities...This is a useful sourcebook that clearly and succinctly presents a wide range of information needed by mental health professionals who wish to work with transgender adult clients."

    Hilary L Copp, 'Adult Transgender Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Training Mental Health Professionals', Health & Social Work, Volume 43, Issue 4, November 2018