Transgender Children And Youth: Cultivating Pride And Joy With Families In Transition by Elijah C. NealyTransgender Children And Youth: Cultivating Pride And Joy With Families In Transition by Elijah C. Nealy

Transgender Children And Youth: Cultivating Pride And Joy With Families In Transition

byElijah C. Nealy

Hardcover | May 2, 2017

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These days, it is practically impossible not to hear about some aspect of transgender life. Whether it is the bathroom issue in North Carolina, trans people in the military, or on television, trans life has become front and center after years of marginalization.

And kids are coming out as trans at younger and younger ages, which is a good thing for them.

But what written resources are available to parents, teachers, and mental health professionals who need to support these children?

Elijah C. Nealy, a therapist and former deputy executive director of New York City’s LGBT Community Center, and himself a trans man, has written the first-ever comprehensive guide to understanding, supporting, and welcoming trans kids.

Covering everything from family life to school and mental health issues, as well as the physical, social, and emotional aspects of transition, this book is full of best practices to support trans kids.

Elijah C. Nealy, PhD, MDiv, LCSW, is assistant professor in the Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice at the University of Saint Joseph in Hartford, Connecticut.
Title:Transgender Children And Youth: Cultivating Pride And Joy With Families In TransitionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:9.5 × 6.5 × 1.43 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393711390

ISBN - 13:9780393711394

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Editorial Reviews

Here's the book that caregivers and family members of transgender children have been waiting for. With equal measures sound scientific reasoning and genuine human compassion, Elijah Nealy provides a thoughtful roadmap for anyone trying to support our precious—and endangered—trans youth. An invaluable resource. — Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There and Long Black VeilTransgender Children and Youth creates space for families to gain a deeper understanding of gender diversity and provides tools to best support and affirm living authentically with unconditional love. Although every family’s journey is unique, this resource remains relevant at every stage of transition, lending honest, compassionate, and empowering insight into questions, challenges, and celebrations parents of transgender and gender-variant children experience. — Michelle Honda-Phillips, Parent Advocate, Transgender & Gender-Expansive YouthThere could hardly be a better time for this insightful, thoughtful guide to supporting transgender children and youth.… Through vignettes illustrating common counseling situations, Nealy shares experiences with parents and teens going through the coming-out process and provides an enormous amount of guidance for those facing gender questions for themselves or family and friends. In fact, this should be considered a critical volume for anyone involved with schools or working or volunteering with children and teens.… Nealy powerfully makes the case for what can be done to ease the pain of these children. A must-read for anyone who wants to help trans youth. — Booklist, starred reviewTransgender Children and Youth is as much an educational book as it is a book that advocates for the rights of transgender youth to grow up to be the person that they have dreamed about, want to be, or always viewed themselves as. . . The book is a valuable resource not only for mental health professionals, but also for families with transgender children. With Nealy taking his time to explain the issues facing transgender youth, the book is truly accessible to any reader, no matter their level of interaction with, or understanding of transgender youth. — Metapsychology Online[A] comprehensive and compassionate narrative that will prove useful for anyone seeking to better understand and support transgender youth. . . . Nealy focuses not only on coming out as transgender but also on building and living a life as a happy transgender individual. — BookPageElijah Nealy has presented very complex issues in an incredibly clear and accessible manner. In order to really understand transgender adults coming into treatment it will help immensely if we understand the experiences of transgender youth. Many of the principles and guidelines presented are relevant to working with transgender-identified individuals of any age. . . . [I]ncredibly illuminating, even for the most experienced counselor. — NALGAP NewsletterIn writing his book, Nealy has accomplished a huge and valuable feat that will serve to foster the healthy development of transgender and gender non-conforming youth, the acceptance and well-being of families, and the ability of therapists to improve their skills with youth and families. — International Journal of Transgenderism[A]n accessible, meticulously explained and supported introduction to the particular issues trans children and teenagers face, and how best to address them. . . . Nealy illustrates repeatedly through Transgender Children and Youth that acceptance can be fostered, schools held accountable and progress made. — Psych CentralThere is much to be gained from a work such as this. It fundamentally humanises a population that has been long been pathologised. It presents a stark image of the damage that can be done to young transgendered individuals. More importantly, it stands as a positive framework to nurture young people and celebrate diversity in all its forms. — British Journal of PsychiatryElijah Nealy, a therapist and clergyperson with substantial experience working with transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth, has written a very valuable book for therapists, medical clinicians, and families. This book will serve as an essential reference to assist in better care of TGNC youth, and for families to learn more and come to accept and support their TGNC children. Dr. Nealy writes about this often confusing and controversial area in a clear, lucid style, discussing the meanings of gender variations and the uses and misuses of gender identity diagnoses, providing a helpful review of the diagnostic process and caveats involved. The very helpful vignettes he presents bring to life the various topics with insightful suggestions and practical examples - even a top 10 list! I will be recommending Dr. Nealy’s contribution to my trainees, families, and colleagues. — Richard R. Pleak, MD, Founding Member, Center for Transgender Health, Northwell Health