Distance Learning - Reading Program for MFT's
CE Exam Book Selection:
Gender Loving Care: A Guide to Counseling Gender-Variant Clients
1999 / ISBN 0-393-70304-5 / 196 pages
|5.0 CE hours will be earned for this book.|
for exam and CE verification.
(Book is purchased separately.)
Discription by the publisher:
Gender Loving Care.
This book is a comprehensive guide
to understanding and treating gender identity disorders. It provides an overview
of the field, including history, etiology, diagnosis, research, and treatment
of these conditions, primarily transsexualism, where a person feels trapped
in the wrong-sexed body. These conditions are biologically based and have existed
throughout history and in all cultures. Only recently, however, have hormonal
and surgical treatments to change one's gender been available. For people seeking
such sex reassignment, counseling is mandated by the Standards of Care followed
by surgeons, endocrinologists, and other professionals involved in treating
transgendered individuals.Transsexuals, cross-dressers, and other gender-variant
clients are frequently misunderstood and, therefore, inappropriately treated
by clinicians. The condition is often inaccurately diagnosed as a sexual identity
issue, further obscuring effective interventions. Furthermore, the options of
recommending hormonal and surgical treatments often cast the therapist in the
unfortunate position of gatekeeper.To this confusing and emotionally charged
topic, Randi Ettner brings a deeply humane and thoroughly authoritative voice.
She shares stories from her clinical practice, letting readers hear the struggles
and turmoil of gender-variant individuals. She provides both an overview of
gender identity disorders and practical advice on counseling. Gender Loving
Care is the first book to combine theory and application to assist professionals
counseling the transgendered.
"Gender Loving Care is a little gem of a book that provides exactly enough information to let any clinician feel safe beginning to work with patients who violate or offend our own personal sense of what is right and proper about gender identity and display. Offered here is the history of our attitudes toward this realm of discomfort, a good selection of the theories offered to date, a moving but reasonable presentation of the affective lives of this cohort, and an eminently sensible approach to psychotherapy and case management. I recommend it wholeheartedly."-Donald L. Nathanson, M.D.
"In physical size, Dr. Randi Ettner is a small, in fact petite, woman. But in empathy for and awareness of the continuing trials and struggles of transsexuals, she is a giant. Her intelligence and insight, as expressed in this book, are what professionals need to experience. In fact, all society should be listening to what she tells us. This book is must reading for everyone."-Sheila Kirk, M.D. About the author
Randi Ettner, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice and President of the New Health Foundation. In addition, she is an instructor at Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Foreword by George R. Brown
1. Historical and Cultural Perspectives
2. Transsexualism in the United States
3. How Prevalent Is the Condition of Who Is Affected?
4. Early Therapeutic Strategies
5. Etiology of Gender Dysphoria
6. Diagnostic Considerations
7. Gender Variance and the Formation of the Self
8. Effective Psychotherapy
9. A Multidisciplinary Approach
Appendix A: Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorder
Appendix B: Resources
Appendix C: A Cross-Gender Questionnaire by Richard E. Docter & James S. Fleming
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