COUNSELING TRANSGENDER AND NON-BINARY YOUTH:
The Essential Guide
by Irwin Krieger

There are growing numbers of youth who identify as transgender, and as a result, clinicians and counselors are in need of an informed resource that covers the basics of gender identity and expression. Counseling Transgender and Non-Binary Youth: The Essential Guide responds to that need by setting out clear advice and support on working with transgender and non-binary youth with regard to their identity, mental health, personal and family life and their medical and social transition as well as offering additional resources and reading lists.


Along with the basic information needed to understand transgender clients, Irwin Krieger applies this general knowledge to work with transgender teens at what can be the most critical and problematic stage in a trans person's life. Specifically, issues of gender identity awareness and expression for youth along with the mental and physical challenges that puberty presents are discussed. This guide will inform counselors and therapists to support transgender teens in their practice, while providing the necessary tools for opening up the conversation on transgender issues in families and schools.

TRAINING

I am available for presentations on topics related to:

Understanding transgender identities
Clinical services for LGBT teens and adults and their families
Helping parents understand and support transgender teens
Seminars for mental health professionals, educators, attorneys, health care professionals and social service providers.

For information about presentations to schools click on
this link for presentations regarding Transgender Students,or
this link for presentations addressing LGBT Students.

For information about mental health presentations click on
this link for presentations regarding Transgender Clients,or
this link for presentations addressing LGBT Clients.

To discuss presentations, contact me


RESOURCES FOR CLINICIANS

RECOMMENDED READINGS, click here.

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR YOUTH AND PARENTS

Gendered Intelligence has support groups for youth in the U.K.: genderedintelligence.co.uk

Mermaids has support groups for parents in the U.K.: mermaidsuk.org.uk

PFLAG has meetings across the U.S.  To find a chapter near you: pflag.org/find-a-chapter

PFLAG Canada has chapters throughout Canada: pflagcanada.ca/pflag-chapters

Transcend Support lists support groups throughout Australia: transcendsupport.com.au

TransFamily (U.S.) hosts an email group for parents: transfamily.org/discussion.html

TransParent USA has chapters in a number of U.S. locations: transparentusa.org

Trevor Space is a monitored peer networking site for LGBT youth ages 13-24: trevorspace.org  


TRANSGENDER ADVOCACY IN THE U.S.

Black Trans Advocacy (U.S.): blacktrans.org

National Center for Transgender Equality (U.S.): transequality.org


INTERNATIONAL ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT:

click here


INTERSEX ADVOCACY

InterACT: interactadvocates.org

Organization Intersex International: oiiinternational.com


TRANSGENDER RESOURCES

FTM Information Resources: jotto.info/FTM/index.html

Hudson’s FTM Resource Guide: ftmguide.org

Laura’s Playground, with translation into many languages: lauras-playground.com

Transsexual & Transgender Road Map: tsroadmap.com


FAMILY AND SCHOOL ADVOCACY IN THE U.S.

Campus Pride: campuspride.org

Gender Spectrum: genderspectrum.org

GLSEN: glsen.org.

GSA Network: gsanetwork.org

transACTION - A Transgender Curriculum For Churches and Religious Institutions:             welcomingresources.org/transgender.xml

TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation: transkidspurplerainbow.org

Trans Youth Equality Foundation: transyouthequality.org

Trans Youth Family Allies: imatyfa.org

TransActive: transactiveonline.org


LEGAL ADVOCACY IN THE U.S.

GLAD: glad.org

LLDEF: lambdalegal.org

National Center for Lesbian Rights: nclrights.org/our-work/transgender-law

Sylvia Rivera Law Project: srlp.org

Transgender Law and Policy Institute: transgenderlaw.org

Transgender Law Center: transgenderlawcenter.org

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund: transgenderlegal.org


SUMMER CAMPS FOR TRANS YOUTH IN THE U.S.

Camp Aranu’tiq:  Summer camp in New Hampshire and California: camparanutiq.org

Get Free: A Summer Program For Queer and Trans Youth of Color in Oakland: bgdblog.org

Trans Youth Equality Foundation: summer and fall retreats in Maine: transyouthequality.org


ORGANIZATIONS COMBATING BULLYING AND STIGMA IN THE U.S.

B Stigma Free: bstigmafree.org

Stop Bullying: https://www.stopbullying.gov

Tyler Clementi Foundation: tylerclementi.org


HEALTH INFORMATION:

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PHONE AND ONLINE CRISIS SUPPORT, LGBT YOUTH

GLBT National Help Center (U.S.) at glnh.org or 888-843-4564

Trans Lifeline. US: (877-565-8860) and Canada: (877-330-6366) and online: translifeline.org

Trevor Project (U.S.): thetrevorproject.org (888-4-U-TREVOR) is a confidential 24/7 crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBT youth.

Youthline (Canada): Open from 4:00-9:30 PM Sunday-Friday. (Toronto time zone) Call: 800-268-9688. Text: 647-694-4275. TTY: 416-962-0777. Email: askus@youthline.ca. To chat, click the Chat button at the top of this page: youthline.ca/



LOCATING EXPERIENCED THERAPISTS

Four useful resources for finding a therapist experienced in the treatment of transgender persons in your area:

1. The website of Dr. Becky Allison: www.drbecky.com/therapists.html.

2. TransPulse www.transgenderpulse.com/gender-therapists

3. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health www.wpath.org
From the home page click on "find a provider", then enter your State (if you are in the U.S.)and click on "submit".

4. The Fenway Center provider list includes mental health and medical providers nationwide, but especially in the Northeast.

If possible, it is best to verify independently that the therapist you find is fully credentialed and licensed.


CONFERENCES, U.S. and INTERNATIONAL:

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Resources in Connecticut and New England:

Recommended therapists in CT helping trans teens and their families.


True Colors: Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services 860-649-7386 True Colors runs a wonderful conference for GLBT youth every March and provides support year-round. Their Resource Guide (available online) lists therapists with transgender expertise.

Translations and TransPACT: Support groups for transgender youth and their parents. Contact Tony Ferraiolo: 203-376-8089 or tony@tonyferraiolo.com

PFLAG in CT has meetings in Hartford, Manchester, Norwalk, Guilford as well as the New London area. Their meetings offer support to transgender teens and adults as well as family members and allies. Click here to see the schedule of upcoming meetings.

Gender Discussion Group at Middlesex Hospital, call 860-358-3460 or click here.

The Connecticut chapter of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network ( GLSEN CT ) is working to ensure safe schools for all students.

Located in Portland, Maine, Trans Youth Equality Foundation provides education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families throughout New England, as well as summer and fall camps.

Camp Aranu'tiq is a weeklong, overnight summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth ages 8 through 15.

Camp Anytown is opening a gender expansive cottage this year (2016) for Connecticut or Western Mass teens ages 14-18. AND...they are giving full scholarships.

Legal advocacy: GLAD is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.

OUT Maine provides support, education, and empowerment.