Books

Brill, S., & Kenney, L. (2016). The transgender teen: A handbook for parents and professionals supporting transgender and non-binary teens. San Francisco: Cleis Press.

This book is a useful resource for clinicians wishing to provide parents with reading materials that provide a broad overview of the issues that adolescents and their parents may face.

Brill, S., & Pepper, R. (2008). The transgender child: A handbook for families and professionals. San Francisco: Cleis Press.

This book is a useful resource for clinicians wishing to provide parents with reading materials that provide a broad overview of the issues that children and their parents may face.

Cohen-Kettenis, P. T., & Pfäfflin, F. (2003). Transgenderism and intersexuality in childhood and adolescence: Making choices. London: Sage.

Useful as a historical record of past approaches to working with transgender children and adolescents. Clinicians can benefit from understanding the sometimes less than affirming approaches that have been used, and which many clients still expect to encounter in the clinical settings.

Giordano, S. (2013). Children with Gender Identity Disorder: A clinical, ethical, and legal analysis. New York: Routledge.

Focused primarily on diagnosis and legal frameworks for supporting children, this text asks difficult questions of how ethical practice can occur in the context of broader discrimination.

Keo-Meier, C., & Ehrensaft, D. (Eds.). (2018). The gender affirmative model: An interdisciplinary approach to supporting transgender and gender expansive children. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Krieger, I. (2017). Counseling transgender and non-binary youth: The essential guide. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Focused primarily on diagnostic and assessment tools, this book provides a primer for clinicians seeking to undertake this type of work.

Lev, A. I. (2004). Transgender emergence: Therapeutic guidelines for working with gender-variant people and their families. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Clinical Practice Press.

This book provides a dual focus on diagnostic issues and the role of clinician as ‘midwife’ supporting people’s gender journey. The author outlines stage models for both transgender people and their families, each attached to therapeutic goals.

Mallon, G. P. (Ed.). (2009). Social work practice with transgender and gender variant youth. New York: Routledge.

Emphasising an advocacy-based ecological approach, this book explores the relationships between individuals and the environments they live in. In so doing, it encourages a holistic approach to working with trans and gender diverse young people.

Nealy, E. C. (2017). Transgender children and youth: Cultivating pride and joy with families in transitionNew York: W. W. Norton and Company.

Provides a broad overview of issues faced by transgender children and their families. For clinicians, a focus on the WPATH Standards of Care is outlined, and how to use them in practice, alongside a focus on challenging one’s own biases. Gives useful guidance for supporting parents to be affirming.

Singh, A. A., & Dickey, L. M. (Eds.). (2016). Affirmative counseling and psychological practice with transgender and gender nonconforming clients. American Psychological Association.

This edited collection explores a diverse range of topics, including interdisciplinary collaborative care, tenets of affirmative care, the role of clinical supervision, working with trauma, and ethical and legal concerns.

Tilsen, J. (2013). Therapeutic conversations with queer youth: Transcending homonormativity and constructing preferred identities. Jason Aronson, Incorporated.

The author challenges transnormativity in clinical practice, specifically by questioning ‘coming out’ narratives as emphasising a shift in positionality with regard to normative gender binaries. Instead, the author encourages a focus on challenging taken for granted norms as they inform clinical work.