Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals
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Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals
A Practical Guide


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© 2013 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Questions of sexuality and gender affect everyone and therefore have an inevitable relevance in the consulting room. Yet with interpretations and manifestations of both varying greatly from person to person, understanding the inherent complexities of sexuality and gender can be a daunting task for the health professional. Breaking down these complexities this practical guide familiarises the reader with all of the common and many of the less common sexualities, genders and relationship forms, and explains experiences and issues relating to each. The book contains:

 

-Explanations of various forms of sexuality, gender and relationship structures

-Common concerns relating to specific groups

-Key practises relating to specific groups

-The treatment of specific groups in contemporary Western society

-Details of some rules and ideals that are commonly found within specific groups

-Suggestions for professional practice with these groups

 

Ideal for all members of the multidisciplinary team, this accessible book is relevant to practitioners across theoretical backgrounds. Whether you are a trainee or qualified psychotherapist, counsellor, nurse, medic, psychiatrist, social worker or applied psychologist, this is a vital text for your professional practice.


CHRISTINA RICHARDS is Senior Specialist Psychology Associate at the West London Mental Health NHS Trust (Charing Cross) Gender Identity Clinic.

MEG BARKER is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a sex and relationship therapist.

 

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: GENDER PRACTICES AND IDENTITIES
 
Transgender (Trans) - Living a different gender from that assigned at birth
 
Intersex / Diversity of Sexual Development (DSD)
 
Cisgender - Living in the gender assigned at birth
 
Further Genders
 
PART TWO: SEXUALITY: PRACTICES AND IDENTITIES
 
Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, and Sadomasochism (BDSM) / Kink
 
Asexuality
 
Bisexuality
 
Lesbian and Gay sexuality
 
Heterosexuality
 
Cross-dressing
 
Further Sexualities
 
PART THREE: RELATIONSHIP STRUCTURES
 
Monogamy
 
Non-monogamy

I would urge any training organisation in counselling and psychotherapy to make this book compulsory reading for all their students and I would extend this invitation to anyone working with sexuality in their clinical practice. This is a timely and much needed exploration of sexuality, gender and relationship and their intersections.

Olivier Cormier-Otaño
Therapy Today

Christina Richards and Meg Barker's book Sexuality and Gender is more than just an excellent practical guide, it is a social document of its time and as such its appeal will easily extend beyond the target audience of mental health professionals into other disciplines such as Sociology and Cultural studies along with those areas of therapeutic practice that may be resistant to the label of Mental Health Professional. Even if you are unlikely to have an LBGT client I would encourage all therapists or people in helping professions to read this book as it raises so many interesting questions about sexuality, gender and relationship structures in general that makes you realise that nothing can be taken for granted and if nothing else you will be able to re-examine the notion of heterosexuality as a spectrum of possibilities in ways you probably hadn’t thought of yet.

Paul Smith Pickard
The Society for Existential Analysis

The book is written by Christina Richards and Meg Parker, both authors with solid and broad knowledge in the field. The book addresses a variety of professionals who come into contact with issues of sexuality, gender and identity in their practice as therapists, counselors or psychologists. However, they mention strangely not the book as a possible pedagogical element or for educators as a target audience. But it is with these eyes I mainly read it. And I rejoiced many times! The book is really an addition and fills a void in basic knowledge and not at least in the attitude within the profession at large... I came back several times to the realization that the book could (should) be used in so many different ways and at different levels, from elementary education, early psychology programs, to more advanced and applied level, to training for working professionals. One can find different aspects for different purposes, and read the book with new insights, Which is a strength. In short, a book that i will use, as an educator!

Ingela Steij Stålbrand, PhD and senior lecturer in Psychology (sexology and gerontology), Lund University, Sweden
Swedish Association for Sexology

Recommended to our students on the diversity and inclusivity course for its applicability to practice.

Dr Helen Nicholas
Institute of Health & Society, Worcester University
December 14, 2016

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