1st Edition

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

ISBN 9780789021175
Published March 2, 2004 by Routledge
500 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface: Overview of Transgender Emergence
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • The Language of Gender
  • Gender Dysphoria and Etiological Theories
  • The Families of Transgendered People
  • The Need for Training
  • Part I: Theoretical Understandings of Transgenderism
  • Chapter 1. The Transsexual Phenomenon Meets the Transexual Menace
  • Compassionate and Controversial Treatment of Transsexuals
  • The Mental Health Professional As Gatekeeper
  • Clinical Guidelines—Therapeutic Standards of Care
  • Chapter 2. The Legacy: Gender Variance in History
  • The Historical Legacy
  • Medical Science and Gender Variance
  • Chapter 3. Deconstructing Sex and Gender: Thinking Outside the Box
  • Four Components of Identity
  • Deconstructing the Assumptions of Sexual Identity
  • Part II: Diagnosis and Assessment
  • Chapter 4. Etiologies: Causes and Categories
  • Etiological Theories: Nature and Nurture—Essentially Constructed
  • Categorical Classifications: If the Shoe Doesn’t Fit—Force It
  • Chapter 5. Diagnosis and Transgenderism: The Creation of Pathology
  • The Power of Diagnosis
  • Gender As Pathological Diagnosis
  • Part III: Treatment Issues
  • Chapter 6. Learning to Listen to Gender Narratives
  • Mental Health Issues and Transgenderism
  • Clients Seeking Therapy
  • Transgender Narratives
  • Therapist As Midwife: The Birth of Story
  • Chapter 7. Transgender Emergence: A Developmental Process
  • Coming Out
  • Transgender Emergence
  • Chapter 8. Family Emergence
  • Partners, Spouses, and Significant Others
  • Developmental Stages for Family Members
  • Families Coping with Transgenderism
  • TransParents See
  • Chapter 9. Transgendered Children and Youth
  • Treatment, Prevention, and Parental Rights
  • Families with Gender-Variant Children
  • Gender Variance and Progressive Treatments
  • Transgender Emergence—Step-by-Step Maturation
  • Chapter 10. The Treatment of Intersexed People: Time for a New Paradigm
  • Assigning Sex and the Modern Medical Protocols
  • Creating Psychosocial Emergency
  • Standards of Humane Treatment for Intersexed People
  • Appendix A. The International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Definition of Transsexualism
  • Appendix B. Common Intersexed Conditions
  • Appendix C. Letters of Recommendation for Hormones
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Index

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