Critical & Experiential: Dimensions in Gender and Sexual Diversity

Critical & Experiential: Dimensions in Gender and Sexual Diversity

What the reviews say:

“As a trainer in ‘Sexualities & Genders’ on post-graduate counselling and psychotherapy courses, I will gladly be adding this book to my course reading list.”

“a very rich and highly informative collection that many working in different disciplines and modalities will benefit from”

“The various chapters are presented with insight and with a decent balance between layperson and professional, between research and lived experiences, and draws clear, honest results that are understandable and informative”

“admirably achieves what Karian sets out to do: looking at a range of ways gender and sexual diversity is experienced and lived.”

384 pages

ISBN : 978-0-9957625-1-3     Published 21st November 2016

ISBN : 978-0-9957625-0-3   Published 21st November 2016

Critical & Experiential is a multidisciplinary collection of chapters written from within the newly emerging field in gender and sexual diversity (GSD) that moves beyond the LGBTQ(IA) acronym to include non-binary and heterosexual variation. It brings together academics, practitioners and activists from the UK, US, Canada, Russia and India working in the fields of psychology, clinical psychology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, counselling, sociology, cultural studies, political activism, legal consultancy and legal expert witnessing.

The contributions are primarily aimed at mental health, psychology and psychotherapy practitioners and teachers, as well as those working with psychological aspects of social sciences and legal theory. The concepts of ‘critical’ and ‘critique’ are reframed throughout as experientially provoked thinking and thought. This collection provides a practical reference handbook to critique our range and styles of learning, teaching and interventions in the GSD field. However, it is also a stimulus to broader questions about mental health in the psychological organization of social and professional values that, painfully, still demand to be voiced, if not critiqued.

Chapter Headings

Chapter 1: Uncoming Out – Ian Lucas

Chapter 2: The Problem with ‘Normal’: teaching and learning about gender and trans psychology – Jemma Tosh

Chapter 3: Images of Non-Binary People: how poor or absent representations of non-binary people diminishes understanding of lived experience – Jennie Kermode

Chapter 4: Beyond Genital: Restor(y)ing lesbian desire – Emily Skye

Chapter 5: Actualising Gay Leathersex: a personal vignette – Nick Field

Chapter 6: An Analytic of Belonging: ‘Q’ people and the therapeutic potentials of transformation – Chris Shelley

Chapter 7: Alternative Sexuality: the Indian variation – Sudhir Kakar

Chapter 8: Transpersonal Approaches to LGBTQ Therapy – Keith Silvester

Chapter 9: How Did It Hurt: distinguishing between Intimate Partner Violence and BDSO in relationships – Rachel Anne Kieran & Elisabeth Sheff

Chapter 10: The Straight Spouse Network: meeting the needs of an invisible group – Amity P. Buxton

Chapter 11: Women Desiring Women: reflections on the field – Di Hodgson & Emily Skye

Chapter 12: The Swinging Lifestyle: research and community findings for future psychological theory and practice – Edward Fernandes

Chapter 13: The Law vs LGBT Russia – Yael Demedetskaya

Chapter 14: Resilience in Polyamorous Families – Elisabeth Sheff

Chapter 15: Living Gay Leathersex: a relational source for therapeutic training and practice – Nick Field

Chapter 16: Jung, Gender and Imagining Sexual Diversity – Morgan Stebbins

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