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Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 258–274 | Cite as

An Ecological Framework for Transgender Inclusive Family Therapy

  • Lindsay EdwardsEmail author
  • Annabelle Goodwin
  • Michelle Neumann
Original Paper

Abstract

Despite current demands for transgender inclusive family therapy, family therapy training programs provide limited coursework on gender identity and inclusive practice. As a result, written resources are critical for family therapists wanting to provide inclusive services to transgender clients. In the interest of expanding available resources, this article uses an ecological framework to summarize research findings on the unique resiliency and difficulties experienced by transgender people. This was done in the interest of identifying implications for family therapy and distilling these implications into a collection of concrete suggestions for transgender inclusive family therapy practice. A conceptual model and a table of concrete suggestions are included at the end of the article.

Keywords

Transgender Family therapy Gender identity Therapeutic techniques Inclusive marriage and family therapy 

Notes

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest and there are no funding sources to note for this project. We did not seek approval from the Institutional Review Board of our university because we did not collect human subject data for this project.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Counseling & Family TherapyRegis UniversityThorntonUSA
  2. 2.Northcentral UniversityScottsdaleUSA
  3. 3.DurhamUSA

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