Strategies for Child Welfare Professionals Working with Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth Book

Strategies for Child Welfare Professionals Working with Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth Book

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Expert guidance for child welfare and youth care professionals looking to increase their knowledge about, and skills in, working with transgender and gender expansive youth and their families.

Many professionals working in child welfare and youth service (including line workers, supervisors, managers, and administrators), lack adequate knowledge about trans or gender expansive identities, which means they are not sufficiently prepared to address or respond to the needs of trans or gender expansive youth.

This guide will provide readers with the information they need to do their jobs effectively with youth of all genders, including guidance on relationships, discrimination, mental health, foster care and homelessness.

It provides examples of successful practice in a variety of case narratives from youth and their families.

Long overdue, Mallon's book is powerfully honest, informative and practical-'offering readers that chance to take a deep and enlightening journey into the lives and experiences of trans and gender expansive youth. A must read for people who work with youth in any capacity!'
June Paul, Assistant Professor, Social Work Department, Skidmore College

'This book is not just for child welfare professionals serving the transgender/gender expansive youth population, but for anyone providing caring to children and youth. Giving us the gift of an invaluable gender GPS, Gerald Mallon guides us through the imperatives for ensuring the gender health of young people of all genders in all communities and all living situations. A must on everyone's book shelf.'
Diane Ehrensaft, Ph.D. Director of Mental Health, UCSF Child and Adolescent Gender Center, Author of Gender Born, Gender Made and The Gender Creative Child

'This book, like its author, is innovative, clear, and honest. Gary Mallon has written a comprehensive practical guide for child welfare professionals who want to improve their skills working with transgender and gender-expansive youth and their families. In this book, Gary Mallon combines state-of-the-art knowledge with case examples gathered over his 45 years of experience in the field of child welfare. Written with an accessible style and a positive tone, this book offers lots of strategies and concrete actions that youth workers can take to improve their support to transgender and gender-expansive youth and their families.'
Mónica López López, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

'Not only a practical guide for youth, community and social workers, this book also offers a dive into the complexities of trans and gender-expansive young people's experiences. Packed with stories from T/GE youth, this volume offers advice and resources for the fields of psychology, social welfare, health and education.'
Dr Stephen Hicks, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Manchester (UK)

'Mallon's book unpacks the complexities of working with transgender and gender-expansive youth and their families. Using the voices of T/GE youth themselves, the reader is grounded in an understanding of the difficulties of discrimination and social transitions, yet the book reminds us of the normal everyday lives of T/GE and all youth - their development, loves, relationships.'
Stephen T. Russell, Director, School of Human Ecology, UT Austin

Author Gerald Mallon
Format Paperback
Pages 208
ISBN 9781787753884


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