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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.

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