by lore m. dickey, Jae A. Puckett
Series: Advances in Psychotherapy – Evidence-Based Practice - Volume 45
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A how-to guide to affirmative counseling with transgender clients
More about the book
This volume provides fundamental and evidence-based information on working with transgender and gender diverse people in mental health settings. It provides background information on the historical context of care with transgender clients, clarifying terminology, and helping the reader understand diverse experiences of gender. The expert authors outline the key qualities of competent practice with trans clients, such as the use of affirming language and providing a safe environment, and strategies for improving inclusivity and evidence-based care. dickey and Puckett provide insight into current topics, such as the proper use of pronouns, working with youth, suicide and self-injury, and problematic approaches such as conversion therapy and rapid onset gender dysphoria. Practitioners will find the printable resources invaluable for their clinical practice, including sample letters of support for trans clients who are seeking gender-affirming medical care.
From the reviews
"This book is a comprehensive review of treatment modalities, testing protocols, and theories for trans and gender diverse populations. The material, case studies, and downloadable resources are infinitely valuable to those in all levels of clinical practice. This book matters. It should be a part of all professional libraries – to improve the work of clinicians as they interact with gender diverse and trans populations."
Charla S. Waxman, BS, MBA, EdD, Lake Behavioral Hospital, Waukegan, IL, in Doody’s Reviews, January 2023
Praise for the book
"Informative without being overdone. Easily understood with useful examples, explanations, and resources outlining the unique challenges, experiences, and needs of trans and gender diverse people. dickey & Puckett call critical attention to the need for psychologists to examine their assumptions and training deficits and to take action to improve mental health outcomes and reduce unintended harm. A clarion call to step up to excellence in serving trans and gender diverse people!"
Ruben Hopwood, PhD, MDiv, Founding Director at Hopwood Counseling & Consulting, LLC, Cambridge, MA; Visiting Researcher at The Danielsen Institute at Boston University, MA
"At some point in their career, virtually every clinician will encounter clients who identify as trans or nonbinary. This book adeptly prepares clinicians for this work in a way that is simultaneously comprehensive and concise. It is a must-read for students and experienced clinicians alike."
Michael L. Hendricks, PhD, ABPP, Washington Psychological Center, Washington, DC; lead author on seminal article developing the minority stress model for transgender people
"This book is a must-have resource for clinicians working with this population. The authors are well regarded experts in the field and have given us a gift in this book, sharing wisdom in the form of historical knowledge as well as applicable assessment and treatment strategies."
Colt St. Amand, PhD, MD (he/they), clinical psychologist and family medicine physician, co-editor of The Gender Affirmative Model
"This book is a joy to read! It is comprehensive, up-to-date, and filled with practical information. The authors’ rich clinical experience shines through on each page, presenting exactly what clinicians need to provide the best possible services for their trans clients. I highly recommend this book for therapists at all levels of experience and plan to hand it to my own students."
Debra A. Hope, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Graduate Education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln