Title

Gender Dysphoria While Incarcerated: Imprisoned by More than Just Walls

Conference Strand

Identity Formation

Abstract

Gender Dysphoria is a new diagnosis in the DSM 5. Professional counselors need to understand how this diagnosis affects mental health treatment. This presentation will explain the current diagnostic criteria and will provide research related to its prevalence in the prison population. Information about experiences and mental health challenges of incarcerated adult males diagnosed with gender dysphoria are discussed.

Description

This presentation will explain the current diagnostic criteria for Gender Dysphoria and will provide research related to its prevalence in the prison population. the presenter will provide information about the common experiences and mental health challenges of incarcerated adult males diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria. Examples of institutional policies and the barriers they present to identity formation will be discussed. In addition, ethical concerns and the need for counselors to demonstrate multi-cultural competency will be discussed. The need for continuing education for multi-cultural competency will also be highlighted. The presenter will explore current mental health treatment options and barriers to treatment. Opportunities for counselors to advocate for a vulnerable population will be discussed and the implications for future research will given. Handouts will be provided.

Evidence

•American Counseling Association (2014). ACA Code of Ethics. Alexandria, VA: Author. •American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. •Brice, A. (2011). “If i go back, they’ll kill me…” person-centered therapy with lesbian and gay clients. Person – Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 10(4), 248-259. doi:10.1080/14779757.2011.626624. •Brown, G.R. & McDuffie, E. (2009). Health care policies addressing transgender inmates in prison systems in the united states. Journal of Correctional Health Care 15(4), 280-291. doi: 10.1177/1078345809340423 •Dailey, S., Gill, C., Karl, S., & Barrio Minton, C. DSM-5 learning companion for counselors. •Cooper, M. & McLeod, J. (2011). Person-centered therapy: A pluralistic perspective. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies 10(3), 210-223. doi: 10.1080/14779757.2011.599517. •Jenness, V. (2010). From policy to prisoners to people: A “soft mixed methods” approach to studying transgender prisoners. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 39(5), 517-553). doi: 10.1177/0891241610375823 •Jenness, V. & Fenstermaker, S. (2013). Agnes goes to prison: Gender authenticity, transgender inmates in prisons for men, and pursuit of “the real deal. Gender & Society, 28(1), 5-31. doi: 10.1177/0891243213499446 •Jenness, V. & Fensermaker, S. (2015). Forty years after brownmiller: Prisons for men, transgender inmates, and the rape of the feminine. Gender & Society, 30(1), 14-29. doi: 10.1177/0891243215611856 •Kirk, J. & Belovics, R. (2008). Understanding and counseling transgender clients. Journal of Employment Counseling 45(1), 29-45. •Livingstone, T. (2008). The relevance of a person-centered approach to therapy with transgendered or transsexual clients. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 7(2), 135-144. doi:10.1080/14779757.2008/9688459 •Murphy, D., Cramer, D. & Joseph, S. (2012). Mutuality in person-centered therapy; a new agenda for research and practice. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 11(2), 109-123. doi: 10.1080/14779757.2012.668496. •Stohr, M. K. (2015). The hundred years’ war: The etiology and status of assaults on transgender women in men’s prisons. Women & Criminal Justice, 25(1-2), 120-29. doi: 10.1080/08974454.2015.1026154.

Format

Individual Presentations

Biographical Sketch

I am currently a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. I hold a Master's degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling with a focus in mental health. I currently hold my LPC - MHSP license in Tennessee. In addition, I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). I also currently work as the mental health administrator in a maximum security correctional institution.

Location

Room 210

Start Date

2-17-2017 4:00 PM

End Date

2-17-2017 5:15 PM

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Gender Dysphoria While Incarcerated: Imprisoned by More than Just Walls

Room 210

Gender Dysphoria is a new diagnosis in the DSM 5. Professional counselors need to understand how this diagnosis affects mental health treatment. This presentation will explain the current diagnostic criteria and will provide research related to its prevalence in the prison population. Information about experiences and mental health challenges of incarcerated adult males diagnosed with gender dysphoria are discussed.