Families in Transition

Parenting Gender Diverse Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults

Edited by Arlene I. Lev and Andrew R. Gottlieb

Harrington Park Press, LLC

Families in Transition

Pub Date: April 2019

ISBN: 9781939594297

496 Pages

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Families in Transition

Parenting Gender Diverse Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults

Edited by Arlene I. Lev and Andrew R. Gottlieb

Harrington Park Press, LLC

Combining developmental psychology, psychoeducation, and systemic therapy, Families in Transition highlights the importance of clinicians’ own social locations and identities. It puts the responsibility on clinicians to challenge their own cisnormativity and blind spots, and to evaluate the ways they can become “gender creative.” Therapists working primarily with young children and adolescents and their families describe the range of parents’ emotional reactions and outline psychoeducational tools and clinical strategies to support their children in their quests for acceptance.
This is a timely and very important book for both parents raising trans and gender diverse youth and the professionals who work with these families. Lev and Gottlieb have pulled together a comprehensive exploration of the power and importance of family support for trans and gender diverse youth and the importance of affirmative approaches to help navigate the journeys of all family members. The voices of parents and family members whose love, wisdom, concerns, struggles, and joys are candidly explored throughout this book make this a must-read for all who have the privilege of knowing or working with trans and gender diverse youth and their family. Shawn V. Giammattei, PhD, Past President, Association of Family Therapists of Northern California
Contents

A Note on the Evolution of Language

Foreword
Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT
Ackerman Institute for the Family
New York City

Introduction
Andrew R. Gottlieb, PhD, LCSW

Introduction
Arlene I. Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC, CST

Part I: Gender Nonconforming Children and Trans Youth: What You Didn’t Expect When Expecting
1: It Takes a Gender Creative Parent
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD
2: Helping Parents Face Their Fears
Irwin Krieger, LCSW
3: On the (L)edge of Transition: The Reyes Family
Lisette Lahana, LCSW

Part II. Theory and Research: What Should Parents Be Aware Of?
4: The “80% Desistance” Dictum: Is It Science?
Kelley Winters, PhD
5: All in the Family: How Extended Family Relationships Are Influenced by Children’s Gender Diverse and Transgender Identities
Katherine A. Kuvalanka, PhD, Molly Gardner, MA, and Cat Munroe, MA
6: More Than the Sum of Your Parts: A Theoretical Perspective
AndreAs Neumann Mascis, PhD

Part III. Clinical Issues: What Are the Parent’s Concerns and Challenges Regarding Psychotherapeutic/Psychiatric Treatment?
7: Walking a Tightrope: A Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Perspective on the Spectrum of Affirmation and Pathologization with Gender Diverse Youth
Scott Leibowitz, MD
8: Chinese Canadian Families with Transgender Youth
Nena Wang, MA, and Wallace Wong, PsyD, R Psych
9: Approaches to the Treatment of Gender Nonconforming Children and Transgender Youth
Arlene I. Lev, LCSW-R, CASAC, CST
10: Micah and His Protectors
Lisette Lahana, LCSW

Part IV. Identity Transformation: How Do Children’s Gender Identity/Gender Nonconforming Behaviors Shift Parents’ Perceptions of Their Child and of Themselves as Parents?
11: Transforming the Identity of Parents of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Children
Margaret Nichols, PhD, and Stephanie Sasso, PsyD
12: My Own Transition
Elena Moser, LCSW

Part V. Medical Concerns: How Do Puberty Suppression and/or Hormonal Considerations Affect Parents?
13: But Doc, Is It Safe? Effects of Pubertal Suppression and Trans Hormone Therapy for Youth
Irene N. Sills, MD
14: Discussing Aspects of Medical Transition with Parents of Young Transgender People: A Psychotherapist’s Perspective
Damien Riggs, PhD, FAPS
15: Family-Oriented Medical Care for Gender Nonconforming Children, Adolescents, and Their Families
Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MD
16: When My Son Became My Daughter
C.V.R.

Part VI. Family Functioning: What Is the Effect of Gender Atypical Behavior on Parental Relationships, Extended Family, and Siblings?
17: Supporting Siblings through Transition: A Child-Centered, Transfeminist Therapeutic Approach
Shannon L. Sennott, LICSW, and Davis Chandler, LICSW
18: “I Was Hoping It Would Be a Phase”: The Challenges Parents Face Raising a Gender Nonconforming Child
Elizabeth Anne Riley, PhD
19: The Experiences of Parents of Transgender Individuals Who Transition in Adulthood
Katherine Rachlin, PhD
20: Transition in Four Voices
Barbara Rio-Glick, MSW, Shelley Rio-Glick, MSW, Sonya Rio-Glick, and AJ Rio-Glick

Part VII. Educational Concerns: How Do Parents Manage and Advocate for Gender Nonconforming Children and Transition-Related Issues in a School Setting?
21: Social Transitioning for Gender Dysphoric Children: A Practical Guide for Parents
Wallace Wong, PsyD, R Psych, and Sabrina C. H. Chang, MA
22: “Please Stop Calling My Daughter ‘He’<th>”: Advocating for Teens and Preteens in the School Setting
Deborah Coolhart, PhD, LMFT

Part VIII. Support Groups: What Is the Parent’s Experience of Available Support Groups and Advocacy Organizations?
23: The Experience of Parent Facilitators in a PFLAG Support Group for Parents of Transgender Youth and Young Adults
Melissa MacNish, MA, LMHC
24: Peer Support for Parents of Gender Nonconforming Children: Benefits and Risks
Rex Butt, PhD
25: Camp Aranu’tiq: Notes from the First Camp for Transgender and Gender Variant Youth
Nick M. Teich, LCSW
26: Tom-Girl, Trans Girl, Pink Boy: Finding a Support Group for All
Lauren P.

Appendix: Best Practices for the Care of Transgender Youth
About the Editors and Contributors
Acknowledgments: Arlene I. Lev
Acknowledgments: Andrew R. Gottlieb
Index

About the Author

Arlene I. Lev is a social worker, family therapist, educator, and writer whose work addresses the unique therapeutic needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Based in Albany, NY, she is the founder and clinical director of Choices Counseling and Consulting; the director of TIGRIS—The Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality; a part-time lecturer at the State University of New York at Albany, School of Social Welfare; the project director of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project (SOGI); and the author of numerous journal articles and two books: The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide and Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and Their Families, winner of the APA (Division 44) Distinguished Book Award, 2006.

Andrew R. Gottlieb has been a psychotherapist in private practice for thirty years, helping individuals and couples from diverse backgrounds in both short- and long-term therapy in the New York City area. He has authored/edited five other LGBTQ-related books on families and is an editor for the Journal of GLBT Family Studies.