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Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working With Gender-Variant People and Their Families 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 078902117X
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About the Author

Arlene Istar Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC, is founder and clinical director of Choices Counseling and Consulting and TIGRIS: The Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality in Albany, NY. She is a lecturer at the University at Albany, and project director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project (SOGI). Istar is also clinical supervisor for Center Support Counseling Services at the Pride Center of the Capital Region. She is author of The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide and Transgender Emergence, winner of the APA Division 44 Distinguished Book Award.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: The Howorth Clinical Practice Press; 1st edition (March 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078902117X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789021175
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dave Parker VINE VOICE on September 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Are you - or a family member - considering or beginning male-to-female or female-to-male transition? You should study this book.

Transgender Emergence was written to fill the huge hole in the theory and practice of care for all gender-variant people and their families. It is a superb resource. Originally intended for professionals in psychiatry, psychology, family therapy, and social work, Transgender Emergence is also an excellent guide for clients to use in evaluating and choosing members of their support network.

Arlene Lev is a family therapist with over 20 years of experience addressing the unique therapeutic needs of LGBT people. She is a member of the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association - and is at odds with those who would use the Standards of Care to act as gatekeepers rather than guidelines to serve the needs of transsexuals. She postulates that much of the pathology experienced by gender-variant people is due to their experience with our cultural and sociological demands, rather than their gender variance.

Ms. Lev stresses that the transgender's/transsexual's personal identity is real, and cannot be changed. All clinical efforts should be geared toward helping the client and their family accept and adjust to their gender variance. The goal of the therapeutic relationship must be empowerment of the client and their family to rewrite their lives in a meaningful way. She believes that transgender is nothing more (or less) than a normal, healthy variation of human expression.

There are three parts to the book. Part I discusses transgender/transsexual throughout history, outlining various attempts at understanding sex, gender, and their relationship to each other.
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"The information contained in this book is SO IMPORTANT THAT NO CLINICIAN CAN AFFORD TO MISS IT. The book offers a clear, comprehensive, and cogent review of the history of the mental health field's thinking about sexuality and gender, and an extraordinarily thoughtful and extensive exploration of assessment and intervention issues with gender-variant people and their families. Lev's knowledge of the subject is phenomenal, and the breadth and clarity of her writing are brilliant. This book lays out an enormous amount of complex material in a highly readable and useful text. . . . BELONGS IN THE LIBRARY OF EVERY PSYCHOTHERAPIST, COUNSELOR, AND HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL."
Reviewed By: Monica McGoldrick, MSW, Director, Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, New Jersey
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"FINALLY, a book that does justice to the life-changing power of psychotherapy in the transgender coming-out process. I recommend this book to any psychotherapist called to work with transgender clients. I also recommend it to transgender individuals who might benefit from understanding how psychotherapy can play an invaluable role. COMPREHENSIVE AND PASSIONATE. . . . TERRIFIC. . . . LONG OVERDUE."
Reviewed By:Walter Bockting, PhD, Co-editor, Transgender and HIV: Risks, Prevention, and Care; Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Transgender Health Services, Program in Human Sexuality, University of Minnesota Medical School
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I don't know what's more depressing - finally reading this book or reading all the full-starred reviews where everyone conflates sexual orientation with sexual identity.

This book is a basic introduction to the concept of trans identities. It has some clinical models, some heartfelt anecdotes and a lot of misinformation that perpetuates stereotypes and therefore violence. Like the ridiculous concept that all transmen were once butch lesbians. The author has taken one person's experience and extrapolated that to be all-encompassing. It limits horrifically what it means to have a trans identity and I can only hope that others will publish different experiences so that we are closer to seeing a more complex picture.

That said, it's better than what else is out there for care providers. If this excites people to know that transfolk exist and we don't as a general rule go about raping women and murdering babies, then that's a step in the right direction. Why we teach people to think different means dangerous and create a need for books that are way too basic is a bigger question and not one this book addresses.

It's ENDA again. And what happened prior to 1973 when homosexuality was still in the DSM as a pathology. It's a long slow road to make it into the common vernacular and to get through the checkout line without a snicker or an unwelcome comment or worse from an unaffected party. If you need hand-holding, this is your book. If you're ready for more comprehensive thought, read Whipping Girl by Julia Serano. It's got more meat without the pretty diagrams.
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"A MARVELOUS RESOURCE. . . . Well-written and well-researched. . . . . Provides enough information to give even the most inexperienced psychologist or counselor an understanding of the issues involved in working with the target population-but even counselors who have treated many gender-variant individuals should read this book."
Reviewd By: Dallas Denny, MA, Editor, Transgender Tapestry Journal
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