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Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working With Gender-Variant People and Their Families 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›
Reviewed By: Monica McGoldrick, MSW, Director, Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, New Jersey
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
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.
Reviewd By: Dallas Denny, MA, Editor, Transgender Tapestry Journal
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This is the best book for clinicians who want to work with transgender clients. It is becoming dated, but I still require all my interns and therapists to read it before they begin... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Karen Scarpella
This text provides excellent historical, theoretical and practical information about gender identity as it relates to counseling. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sharon
Well done. Very thorough and informative. Every therapist should have a copy of this.Transgender people are all around us; and we all need to be educated to be inclusive and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by DM
Transgender Emergence has been out for quite awhile, but there is no better reference for therapists working with transgender clients or their loved ones that I am aware of. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Rev. Arica