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APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People-Part III

Stigma, Discrimination, and Barriers to Care
We are not the problem. Society is the problem

Guideline 5. “Psychologists recognize how stigma, prejudice, discrimination, and violence affect the health and well-being of TGNC people.”

Guideline 6. “Psychologists strive to recognize the influence of institutional barriers on the lives of TGNC people and to assist in developing TGNC-affirmative environments.”

Guideline 7. “Psychologists understand the need to promote social change that reduces the negative effects of stigma on the health and well-being of TGNC people.”

When commenting on the stigma, discrimination, and barriers to care that transgender and gender non-conforming persons suffer daily in society, I find it impossible to structure my commentary to conform to three pedantic tidy guidelines as has been done by The Psychologist magazine when the Guidelines were published in December 2015. This approach seemed more applicable for a dispassionate etiology of a physical disease than as what the reality of the human condition is for so many of us.

Being transgender or gender non-conforming is a social problem generated by the ignorance, fear, and hatred of the society we find ourselves in. We are denied employment and housing, just because we are who we are. Many of us are shunned by our families, just for who we are. Most of us think of suicide, at some time in our lives, as a solution to the bullying we receive for being who we are. Many of us are feared and hated so much we are physically assaulted, raped, tortured, and murdered just for being who we are. We have annual meetings where we remember our dead. And still we persist. We have to. This is who we are.

The above is our reality. And if you think you can help us in our pain and suffering by reading books and not walking in our shoes as transgender or as an ally of transgender and gender non-conforming persons, you will cause more harm than good in trying to help us with our issues.

It would be absurd to consider persons with skin pigmentation different from the pigmentation of the majority population to be suffering from a physical or mental disease or living in “sin”.. Yet I get the impression that psychological practitioners who are not themselves transgender or gender non-conforming think they can learn about the phenomena by reading the “right” books and attending the “right” lectures. TGNC clients and patients, when encountering medical, counseling, and other professionals who have limited or no experience dealing with them, end up educating the practitioners! This is referred to derisively as “Transgender 101”.

Psychologists and other practitioners need to become familiar with the support groups and other resources in their area for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming persons. When they feel competent to confront the stigma, discrimination, and barriers to care encountered by TGNC persons, they need to speak up and do what they can to alleviate these conditions.

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THE NEED FOR A DISCUSSION OF INTERSEXUALITY (LGBTI)


 

A side issue in the transgender and gender non-conforming paradigm is the existence of Intersex persons, referred to medically as being born with Disorders (or Differences, to tone it down,) of Sexual Development. Some of these persons are satisfied with the genders assigned at birth, despite the ambiguity of their external genitalia. Most of these persons were forced to fit, shortly after birth by way of genital surgery to be either Male or Female in gender.The United Nations refers to these persons in terms of biological diversity. They deserve a rightful place in the LGBT acronym, LGBTI, whether they consider themselves transgender or not. In migration and forced displacement matters, persons of diverse sexual orientation (LGB), gender identity (T), and biological diversity (I) are all at-risk for sexual assault and violence as they languish in refugee camps waiting for settlement in a welcoming country.+[In writing this post the irrationality of my human condition is quite evident. This is nothing I apologize for. It was the existentialists and phenomenologists of Continental Europe that motivated me to return to university and obtain my MA. For now, advocating for the human rights of LGBTI persons worldwide is my purpose in life*.

*Interested readers are encouraged to read Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. Frankl was a Viennese psychoanalyst who developed a therapy for survival and growth while an inmate in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany. This method of existential healing came to be known as Logotherapy. Developing a Purpose in Life is an integral part of Logotherapy.]
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Graduate Students Have Rights. APAGS Just Spelled Them Out. | gradPSYCH Blog

I did my graduate studies in the closet back in the 1990s. So, to me, this bill of rights is something to be affirmed and celebrated. May it encourage LGBTIQ students to come out early in life so they can start building up resilience to the trials and tribulations societal interaction is going to bring.

Back then I got my MA at a Jesuit college. In the first decade of this century, after coming out in 2003, I attended a three-year Benedictine Oblate formation program and made my Oblation in 2009. The Jesuit college was pleased to report that this alumna became a Benedictine Oblate. My reporting also that I had lived as transgender since 2003 was not published.

Each one of us is given the gift of life, along with the obligation to use it to make life better for those around us. A Muslim alumna of the college recently reported the school made him a better Muslim. I can say it made me a better Christian and transgender person. Peace, Salaam, Shalom.

http://www.gradpsychblog.org/graduate-students-have-rights-apags-just-spelled-them-out/#.VrETLPDyarU

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DIV44STUDENTS Fwd: DIV44 Trans Research Award – Call for Applications. American Psychological Association

For your information.

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Vidarebefordrat brev:

Från: Skyler Jackson <skyler.jackson>
Datum: 1 februari 2016 17:22:27 GMT−8
Till: DIV44STUDENTS
Ämne: [DIV44STUDENTS] Fwd: [DIV44] Trans Research Award – Call for Applications
Svara till: Division 44 students forum <DIV44STUDENTS>

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Reuters: Psychology patients with unmet preferences report poorer outcomes

On the surface this seems to be a no-brainer. Depending on the availability of services, a patient may or may not have all, or any, preferences met.

As a transgender female I am satisfied with my cisgender (natal-born) female therapist. At times she has problems understanding where I am coming from, because of my irrational, existential proclivities. But I am so grateful for the help she has given me. In the Therapist/Patient dyad there are those unrecognized, unspoken elements that can facilitate a positive environment-where patients heal themselves through the unconditional positive regard of an accepting and empathic listener.

From Reuters News:

Psychology patients with unmet preferences report poorer outcomes

Psychological therapy may yield greater benefits if providers can meet patients’ preferences, a UK study suggests.

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APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice With Transgender and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) People-Part I

In the December 2015 (Vol 70, Nr 9) issue of the American Psychologist, the APA (American Psychological Association) has made Transgender and Gender Nonconforming persons (TGNC) more visible to its members. We have been part of humanity since the beginning, but it has only been for the last 20 years that there has been a “significant increase” in research about us. While Caitlyn Jenner may have made a splash in the public media, it will be starting with these Guidelines that Psychology will eventually formulate Standards of Care for the care and treatment of TGNC persons.

NEED
A survey of psychologists and graduate school student participants made in 2009 revealed that only a small number (30%) of those surveyed were familiar with issues affecting TGNC persons. (A reflection of this ignorance is the common complaint made in TGNC support groups about having to teach “Trans 101” to uninformed practitioners.)

LAYOUT and GROUPING
There are 16 new Guidelines grouped into five categories:
*Foundational Knowledge and Awareness
*Stigma, Discrimination, and Barriers to Care
*Lifespan Development
*Assessment, Therapy, and Intervention
*Research, Education, and Training

Each Guideline consists of a statement, rationale, and application. They are the result of a multi-level, APA review process that includes public comment and legal counsel review. If practitioners find that a guideline conflicts with proper and ethical psychological practice, it must not be followed. These are SUGGESTIONS for practice, not enforceable standards.

NEXT Part
In Part II I will present the first group of Guidelines dealing with “Foundational Knowledge and Awareness”. These are attempts to build a platform of knowledge upon which to describe and discuss the needs of TGNC persons.

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Dr. Jordan Peterson – “Self-Deception in Psychopathology”

Dr. Peterson speaks about the work we have to do to become healthy, authentic beings. The traumas, lies, and dysfunction of the families we grew up in have programmed us, through shame, to hide our true selves, to repress our feelings, and to always be on guard. These issues must be transcended if we are to become healthy, loving adults and not transfer this family disease onto our own children.

PERSONAL STORY
Grandpa gave Dad a name by adopting him, thereby taking away the shame of Dad’s “illegitimate” birth. But the lie of biological relationship between adoptive father and son had to be maintained until Grandpa’s death in 1956. That was something that was agreed upon back when Grandpa Westerberg adopted my Dad. And when Grandpa died, my brother and I were told, at first, that he had a heart attack. After a teacher at school showed me the newspaper article where he shot himself, then the truth came out and the teacher was criticized for meddling in family business.

As children, my brother and I were kept in the dark about Grandpa’s family in Sweden, other than he had a sister and brother over there. It is unknown if the family knew Grandpa had fathered a daughter in Sweden, with his sister’s caregiver, back in 1937. Märta grew up in an orphanage during World War II and the reconstruction of Europe. Later she worked, got married to a nice man and had a son and a daughter.

Fast forward to January 2014. I get a message from a lady in Sweden on my Facebook Account saying that we are related. At first I am skeptical, but she knows a lot about Karl August Westerberg, my brother, and me. In fact her mother, through Ancestry.se has searched for her father’s survivors in the States for over ten years! Eventually, I realize that THIS IS FOR REAL! We share photos and emails about being family for several months, until I fly to Sweden to stay with my cousin and her family and visit with my aunt for three weeks.

Dr. Peterson talks about the psychological ramifications of situations like this. You grow up in dysfunction, somehow keep your shit together so you can somewhat function in society, and then you encounter people who are not dysfunctional and who love and accept you for who you are. And the frosting on the cake, in my situation, is that they are FAMILY!

My psyche knows and expects betrayal. But this is something new. The neural pathways in my brain have problems with this, for awhile. And to feel in my heart that betrayal will not happen as it has happened in the past is a risk I need to take again and again if familial love is to grow within me anew. My therapist is helping me with this. And this is a very emotional process as tears wash away things I can’t even remember from my past. Tack så mycket, min faster och min kusin, för din kärlek!🙂🇸🇪

Kolla in det här videoklippet på YouTube:

http://youtu.be/pxJzWcwcRd0

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Delat från Twitter: Toppen KBH – H2015 – Wings For Sally (UK Subs) – YouTube

Have you been able to have a childhood? A lot of us, when confronted with mortality or other life-altering incidents as children, have memories of being shamed by our caregivers for not displaying “proper” emotions. In the end we end up repressing all our emotions and just numb out when death or other calamities affect the family.

This is what arose within as I watched this film. Transitioning to female has made me SO AWARE of the childhood I must have had, even though memories of it are still repressed by my psyche. But now and then…some things become conscious as if they had happened yesterday. And the emotions I was shamed for having expressed…overtake me. It isn’t rage, it isn’t anger…It…………………

Toppen KBH – H2015 – Wings For Sally (UK Subs) – YouTube

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