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

Arlen Istar Lev. The Haworth Clinical Practice Press, 2004

Key Elements:
This text is an important one for any professionals who work with gender variant people. There are three parts, nine chapters, three appendix, a glossary, references, and an index that explore from a therapeutic perspective of the concerns and issues that are facing gender variant people and their families

Part One: Theoretical Understandings of Transgenderism

The three chapters cover mental health treatment of transsexual, the history of trangenderism and
sexual and personal identity
Chapter One - The Transsexual Phenomenon Meets the Transsexual Menace (includes compassionate and controversial treatment of transsexuals, the mental health professional as gatekeeper, and clinical guidelines-therapeutic standards of care)
Chapter Two - The Legacy: Gender Variance in History (includes the historical legacy, and medical science and gender variance)
Chapter Three - Deconstructing Sex and Gender: Thinking Outside the Box (includes the four components of identity, and deconstructing the assumptions of sexual identity

Part Two: The causes of trangenderism, the causes of trangenderism, along with the importance and the power of a diagnosis

Chapter Four - Etiologies: Causes and Categories (includes etiological theories and categorical classifications)
Chapter Five - Diagnosis and Transgenderism: The Creation of Pathology

Part Three: Treatment issues for gender variant people and their families

Chapter Six - Learning to Listen to Gender Narratives (includes mental health issues and transgenderism, clients seeking therapy, transgender narratives, and the therapist as midwife)
Chapter Seven - Transgender Emergence: A Developmental Process (includes coming out, and the transgender emergence)
Chapter Eight
- Family Emergence (includes partners, spouses, significant others, development stages for family members, families coping with transgenderism, and transparents)
Chapter Nine - Transgendered Children and Youth (includes treatment, prevention and parental rights, families with gender-variant children, gender variance and progressive treatments, the transgender emergence step by step)
Chapter Ten - Treatment of Intersexed People: Time for a New Paradigm (includes assigning sex and the modern medical protocols, creating psychosocial emergency, standards of humane treatment for intersexed people)

Transgender Subjectivities: a clinician's guide

Eds: Ubaldo Leli and Jack Drescher



Transgender Care - Recommended Guidelines, Practical Information and Personal Accountants

Gianna E. Israel and Donald E. Traver II ,M.D. Temple University Press, 1997

Key Elements: Using the contributing work of a number of authors this text provides the guidelines that professional should to be aware of when working with transgender individual, what family and friends need to know when supporting them, and what an individual needs to consider when contemplating transitioning.

Part One - Recommended Guidelines
Various topics are explored along with the recommended guidelines that are related to the topic covered in that chapter
Chapter One - The Vocabulary and The Issues, Transgender Populations
An introduction that defines the terms and vocabulary related to the topic of transitioning
Chapter Two - Mental Health
Explains the different types of mental health services, counseling and psychotherapy. The diagnosis used in the mental health field, crisis intervention, key mental health issues, and sexual orientation
Chapter Three - Transgender Hormone Administration
Contains the principles of hormone administration and its background, with specific information for male to female, female to male transsexuals
Chapter Four - Transgender Aesthetic Surgery
Cosmetic surgery and the list of the principles of transgender aesthetic surgery, the types of procedures, and the recommended guidelines
Chapter Five - Genital Reassignment Surgery and Gonad Removal
Castration and what it involves- the types of procedures, related topics like pain, discomfort, and costs, etc plus the recommended guidelines for genital reassignment surgery
Chapter Six - HIV and AIDS
Has some basic information related to HIV/AIDS although since the books publication there have been advances in research and treatment of HIV,AIDS. There are also intervals with transgender individuals who are living with HIV/AIDS. There are recommended guidelines in this chapter as well
Chapter Seven - Cultural Diversity
Looks at the ethnic, racial elements of the transgender experience
Chapter Eight - Transgender Youth
Transgender adolescence, the family's responses, and society's response to it, along with some recommended guidelines for working with transgendered adolescence
Chapter Nine - Support Tools
Ways of analyzing the issues associated with the transgendered identity, how to start up a support group, examples of correspondence for professional use and the gender identity profile originally developed by Gianna E. Israel
Chapter Ten - Support Sessions Answers to basic questions about gender identity issues

Part Two - Essays
All of the essays are by different authors discussing the issues that are mentioned in their respective titles
Chapter Eleven - Ethical Implications for Psychotherapy with Individuals Seeking Gender Reassignment
Chapter Twelve - Understanding Your Rights under The San Francisco Ordinance 190
Chapter Thirteen - From the Perspective of a Young Transsexual
Chapter Fourteen - You Are Not Alone: A Personal Quest for a Support System
Chapter Fifteen - A Midlife Transition
Chapter Sixteen - Insurance and the Reimbursement of Transgender Health
Chapter Seventeen - Facial Surgery for the Transsexual
Chapter Eighteen - What Is to Be Done? A Commentary on the Recommended Guidelines
Chapter Nineteen - Genital Reassignment Surgery: A Source of Happiness for My Patients
Chapter Twenty - Over and Out in Academe: Transgender Studies Come of Age
Chapter Twenty One - Transsexuality, Science, and Prophecy
Chapter Twenty Two - Hormones

Chapter Twenty Three - The Therapist versus the Client. How the Conflict Started and Some Thoughts on How to Resolve It

There is also an appendix and a section that contains details about the contributing authors.

Medical Therapy and Health Maintenance for Transgender Men: A guide for health care providers

By Nick Gorton, Jamie Buth and Dean Spade

(Available for free download)

Transsexual and Other Disorders of Gender Identity: A Practical Guide to Management

Edited by James Barrett. Radcliffe Publishing. 2007.

People with gender identity problems are increasingly often encountered by health professionals. The problems are often imagined to consist only of transsexuality, but actually comprise of both this and many other diagnoses. Properly establishing a diagnosis and excluding alternatives including psychosis, partial androgen insensitivity syndromes and personality disorder is complex. The subsequent management of these disorders and their differential diagnoses is even more so. "Transsexual and other Disorders of Gender Identity" provides a comprehensive and extremely practical account of the management of disorders of gender identity and their differential diagnoses. Particular consideration is given to, among others, coincidental mental illness, disability, family and relationship issues, forensic and military settings. Psychological and endocrine aspects are covered in depth, surgical aspects to a level adequate for all but a specialist surgeon, and legal aspects to the level generally needed by health professionals. This book provides vital detail for general practitioners, surgeons, endocrinologists, speech therapists, social workers and, especially, psychiatrists.

"I conceived and edited this book because when asked for recommended reading on the practicalities of treatment for disorders of gender identity I had nothing to suggest to others. I was always able to provide lists of books which dealt with the classification of gender identity disorders, and texts rich with competing aetiological theories. There were also fascinating sociopolitical (including post-modern) expositions. The problem always came with recommending practical texts for everyday clinical use." - James Barrett, in the Preface.



My Gender Workbook

Kate Bornstein. Routledge, 1998

Key Elements:
This twelve chapter book contains questionnaires and quizzes to encourage the reader to question their own ideas and the personal perspective on gender. The particulars of the book are very original; among the original ideas is the 'gender- identity- power pyramid 'to help place gender in the context of other elements in our society like class, race, and economic status along with the role that these things play in shaping our identity. There is the 'perfectly gendered questionnaire' which encourages a 360 degree evaluation of gender. The book also covers related topic like spirituality, and expands on the importance of other related topics.

Chapter One: Welcome To Your Gender Workbook - a reflection on your gender ideas
Chapter Two: Solving The Gender Puzzle- the basics of sex and gender
Chapter Three: Who's On Top? - a test that reflects how perfectly gendered you may or may not be
Chapter Four: Be All That You Can Be! - living outside the laws of gender
Chapter Five: Fuck Your Gender- love, sex, desire, and gender
Chapter Six: Just Say No-looking at some of the parts that make up those ideas that police gender and what to reject
Chapter Seven: Just Say Yes- looking at some of the parts that make up those ideas that police gender and what to reject
Chapter Eight: Zen and the Art of Gender Maintenance-focuses on all of the identities that you are
Chapter Nine: The Playground-going back to childhood fun
Chapter Ten: Cautionary Interlude-reconnecting with the planet and looking at all of the self, both good and bad
Chapter Eleven: The Quiet Revolution- how to deal with the in revolution
that we are all a part of
Chapter Twelve: Okay, Now What- looking at what's next on the road to gender discovery

Transgender Warriors (Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman)

Leslie Fienberg. Beacon Press, 1996

Key Elements: This body of work takes a historical, multicultural, and personal, approach to the issues of gender and those that have fought to change society's perception of gender. The book also includes an International Gender Bill of Rights, a list of transgender organisations and publications. There are pictures throughout the book that document the transgender journey historically and culturally.

Part One: The author's personal history and other early transgender histories

Chapter One - The Journey Begins
Chapter Two
- My Path to Consciousness
Chapter Three
- The Give Away
Chapter Four
- They Called Her 'Hommasse'

Part Two: Transgendered multicultural identities around the world

Chapter Five - Our Second Past
Chapter Six -  Bigotry Began
Chapter Seven -  They Had Slaves!
Chapter Eight
- Natural Becomes 'Unnatural'

Part Three: Transgender warriors throughout history and transgender pioneers

Chapter Nine - 'Holy War' against Trans People
Chapter Ten - Leading the Change
Chapter Eleven- Not Just Passing

Part Four: The spiritual elements of the intersexed identity

Chapter Twelve - From Germany to Stonewall
Chapter Thirteen - To Be or Not to Be
Chapter Fourteen - Sisterhood: Make It Real!
Chapter Fifteen - Making History

Part Five: The Portrait Gallery


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