Working at the edge: S'engager dans un travail thérapeutique avec des jeunes ayant un développement atypique de l'identité de genre. [Translated Title: Working at the edge: Engaging in therapeutic work with young people with atypical gender identity development.]

Di Ceglie, Domenico (2008) Working at the edge: S'engager dans un travail thérapeutique avec des jeunes ayant un développement atypique de l'identité de genre. [Translated Title: Working at the edge: Engaging in therapeutic work with young people with atypical gender identity development.]. Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence , Vol 56(6), Sep, 2008. pp. 398-402., 56 (Sept). pp. 398-402. ISSN 0222-9617 (Print)

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Professionals working in a service for young people with gender identity disorder (GID) often experience a particular type of pressure in the course of the work, which makes thinking and decision-making very difficult. The paper suggests that an examination of the position of the professional and of its service within the system may bring some relief and be a starting point to direct thinking and possibly action. The perceived position of the professional and of the Gender Identity Development Service within the wider organisation of a psychotherapy and mental health trust is discussed. The paper makes reference to the model developed by Lagenhove and Harré as described by Campbell and Groenbaek in their book Taking positions in the organisation. The position taken by the professional or the service is also explored as a possible re-enactment of the psychological dynamics of the young people with GID and their families. This view is based on Britton's paper on the mirroring and re-enactment of individual and family dynamics in the professional network. A view is put forward that this dynamic leads the professional or the service to the risky position of "working at the edge". The paper discusses processes that could facilitate the move from a position of being psychologically at an edge to the more secure position of being in the mainland. These involve exploration of the model of care and the relationship of the professional to the wider organisation in which the service is located and to self help organisations.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Contents Outline 1. The metaphor of the edge 2. The model of care 3. The relationship of the professional to the self-help organizations 4. The relationship of the professional to the wider organization in which the service is located 5. Conclusions References
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender Identity Disorder, Mental Health, Psychosexual Development, Psychotherapy
Subjects: Sex Psychology > Gender Identity
Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
Special Units
Depositing User: Ms Angela Douglas
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2009 16:13
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2017 12:40
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/198

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