Supporting young people to manage gender-related distress using third-wave cognitive behavioural theory, ideas and practice

Canvin, Lauren, Hawthorne, Oliver and Panting, Holly (2022) Supporting young people to manage gender-related distress using third-wave cognitive behavioural theory, ideas and practice. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry . ISSN 1359-1045 (Print); 1461-7021 (Electronic) Full text available

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Abstract

The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) supports gender diverse young people, and their families but currently does not provide weekly psychological therapy as part of its core work. In addition, local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), may feel deskilled in providing support for this population. We, a group of three Clinical Psychologists, aim to share some common themes and observations gained from our work in GIDS. We talk about how existing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) models can be relevant and helpful for the challenges facing gender diverse young people, without pathologising, or aiming to change a young person’s gender identity. An illustrative case study is presented, based on an amalgamation of young people we have worked with highlighting how third-wave cognitive behavioural theory, ideas and practice can be used to support young people to manage gender-related distress. Further reflections on the broader socio-political context, and implications for clinical practice and future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First Published: January 31, 2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: GIDS, Gender, Mental Health, Transgender, Children, Adolescents, Gender Diverse, CBT
Subjects: Sex Psychology > Gender Identity
Department/People: Special Units
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2683

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