Are you looking for books and resources to support your work with gender variant individuals?

 

We publish a range of books for therapists, counsellors and healthcare practitioners who work with gender variant individuals. From informative guides to personal memoirs, our books offer support and promote greater understanding of gender identity and expression. This collection includes books that address themes of gender identity, sexuality, relationships, transitioning and mental health. For more information on new books and to receive a copy of our new catalogue, join our mailing list here

The Voice Book for Trans and Non-Binary People

Matthew Mills and Gillie Stoneham

Written by two specialist speech and language therapists, this book explains how voice and communication therapy can help transgender and non-binary people to find their authentic voice. It gives a thorough account of the process, from understanding the vocal mechanism through to assimilating new vocal skills and new vocal identity into everyday situations, and includes exercises to change pitch, resonance and intonation. Each chapter features insider accounts from trans and gender diverse individuals who have explored or are exploring voice and communication related to their gender expression, describing key aspects of their experience of creating and maintaining a voice that feels true to them.

This pithy, practical guide is a treasure trove of rare and wonderful gems – particularly the exercises for trans men and non-binary people, often neglected but vulnerable to crippling self-consciousness and even phobia around speaking. Clinicians and clients alike, I unreservedly recommend The Voice Book to anyone looking to feminise, masculinise, neutralise or just explore the potential of voice.’ – Dr Stuart Lorimer, Consultant Psychiatrist

Who is this book for? Speech and language therapists, healthcare practitioners, counsellors, gender variant individuals

 

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Why healthcare practitioners must learn to self-care

Sarah Parry is a senior lecturer in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her new book, ‘Effective Self-Care in Clinical Practice,’ explores how compassion can enable clinical practitioners to foster hope and resilience for themselves and their clients. We talked to Sarah about her motivations behind the book and why it’s so important for healthcare practitioners to learn how to effectively self-care. 

Effective Self-Care and Resilience in Clinical Practice is a collection of essays from different practitioners, that explore the need for compassion in therapeutic work. Where did the idea for the book originate from?

Developing a personal compassionate framework for self-care has been an on-going endeavour of mine for some years. When I started working in healthcare settings that could, at times, present multiple challenges to my own well-being, I became increasingly curious as to how to overcome these emotional hurdles. I am also a great believer in the power of stories, both in terms of helping us see through the eyes of another, as well as giving us a mirror to hold up to our own experiences, helping us develop a deeper knowledge of ourselves. My motivation for this book came from my own experiences of struggling with competing demands and a realisation that working harder and harder isn’t always the answer. I wanted to understand more about how people developed effective self-care strategies based on compassionate teachings and practices, to enhance their own well-being, resilience and ability to maintain a hopeful outlook. Consequently, I started talking to colleagues who I knew managed their self-care well, as well as people I didn’t know at all at that stage but whose writings inspired me and encouraged me to think about how well I was looking after myself.

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Anorexia and Obesity: Two of a Kind?

anorexia Dr Nicola Davies is a health psychologist, counsellor, and writer specialising in raising awareness about health, wellbeing and weight loss. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Nicola also keeps a health psychology blog and runs an online forum for counsellors. She is the author of I Can Beat Obesity! and I Can Beat Anorexia! and the co-author of the Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook.

While generally regarded as two separate, very different issues, anorexia and obesity actually share many similarities – not only in terms of risk factors, but also psychological, behavioural, cognitive, genetic, and neuropsychological similarities.

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Top 4 Steps to Permanent Weight Loss

Dr Nicola Davies is a health psychologist, counsellor, and writer specialising in raising awareness about health, wellbeing and weight loss. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Nicola also keeps a health psychology blog and runs an online forum for counsellors. She is the author of I Can Beat Obesity! and I Can Beat Anorexia! and the co-author of the Eating Disorder Recovery Handbook.

There are many people who struggle to lose weight, but more people who struggle to keep it off. There are countless fads designed to draw in people seeking honest help with their weight struggles, only to palm them off with expensive quick fixes that offer short-term rather than long-term results. These results are short-term because you are being sold a product or regime that doesn’t take into consideration your individual needs and motivations. Weight loss is a personal and individual journey – a journey toward self-care. Here are four steps to help you along the way.

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Caring with Vitality – bringing yoga to the world of social care

Andrea Warman, co-author of the family yoga book Caring with Vitality – Yoga and Wellbeing for Foster Carers, Adopters and Their Families, explains how yoga can encourage families to enjoy spending relaxing time together, as well as help children to develop the life skills they need for a healthy future.

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Try out some exercises from the Autism Fitness Handbook

The Autism Fitness Handbook is designed to address specific areas of difficulty for children, teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Physical fitness – so often overlooked when helping people with autism reach their full potential – provides extended and far-reaching benefits for children of all ages on the spectrum.

Download this extract and follow ‘Coach David’ (Geslak) as he takes you step-by-step through a selection of his most engaging, fun and easy-to-do exercises, such as Frankensteins and Downward Dogs.

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The Autism Fitness Handbook by David Geslak is available in paperback from Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Inside Kinship Care

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Inside Kinship Care

David Pitcher, editor and contributor of the new JKP book Inside Kinship Care shares how he hopes this book will help and support families dealing with the difficulties that can arise with kinship care arrangements and widen the debate on this often overlooked process.

‘With kinship care, everyone gains. Or they can do.

I have in front of me a letter written by a mum with whom I have been working, whose daughter Jenny [not her real name] has just been placed with her nan after a long court process:

“Mum, you know how much I appreciate your commitment, and the effort you have put into getting Jenny to come into your care. I don’t want you to feel like you are taking Jenny away from me. I know you will give her all the love and attention she needs, as you are a fantastic mum to me, and I know you will be a great mum to Jenny. She is very lucky to have a nan like you. I am sorry for all this mess and I hope one day to make you proud…”

In Jenny’s case, a crisis that might have led to the break-up of a family had in fact brought it closer. As Jenny grows up, she will learn about the way that family, and her family’s love for her, is very wide.

It is heartening to see how, over the last fifteen years, kinship care has been recognised and is gaining fuller recognition as part of government policy. When I did my first study of it in Plymouth in 1999, it was not nearly so well understood as it is now.

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by David Pitcher

The truth is however, that kinship care can also be difficult and complicated. As a Children’s Guardian, I see this every day. As family relationships are realigned, tensions can increase and old difficulties can re-emerge.

I remember waking up in the early hours of the morning and writing a proposal for this book. I had just attended a conference at which the positive aspects of kinship care had been [quite rightly] emphasised. Politicians and policy makers had been present, and this emphasis was needed. However, I know that unless a more rounded picture could be developed, it would not be fair to families who experience difficulties with kinship care. The rhetoric would ultimately not ring true, either for family members or for professionals working with real cases.

The aim of this book is to deepen the discussion about kinship care by addressing many of the issues which arise in the real world, but which – although we see them every day in practice – are curiously absent from the literature.

I hope that each chapter will be a launch pad for further discussion, debate [including disagreement!!] and research, and for developing our understanding of families.’

Inside Kinship Care is now available to order from the JKP website.

JKP author Linda Ciotola discusses the Societal Standard of Beauty and Eating Disorders

JKP author Linda Ciotola, M.Ed., TEP, co-author with Karen Carnabucci of Healing Eating Disorders With Psychodrama and Other Action Methods – Beyond the Silence and the Fury, discusses American culture and its impact on eating disorders in women.

Anorexia is both the result of a protest against the cultural rule that your women must be beautiful.  In the beginning, a young woman strives to be thin and beautiful, but after a time, anorexia takes on a life of its own.  By her behavior, an anorexic girl tells the world, ‘Look, see how thin I am, even thinner than you wanted me to be.  You can’t make me eat more.  I am in control of my fate, even if my fate is starving.’” – Mary Pipher, “Reviving Ophelia”

Many people believe that the young woman who suffers anorexia epitomizes our culture’s definition of what it means to be feminine:  thin, passive, and eager to please. The metaphor is that she will become what our culture asks of its women:  to become non-threatening, taking up little space while being decorative and not intimidating and non threatening.

Beauty is a defining characteristic for women.  Girls worry about clothes, makeup, skin and hair – but mostly about weight. In our book, Healing Eating Disorders with Psychodrama and Other Action Methods: Beyond the Silence and the Fury with co-author Karen Carnabucci – we  talk about how this societal standard for beauty influences our image of ourselves and is one of the many contributors to the rise of eating disorders and chronic dieting struggles with girls and women.  Sadly enough this emphasis on appearance is quickly spreading to boys and men as well – and eating and body disorders are growing with them as well as we discuss in our book along with specific interventions for these populations.

Why is appearance so important?

We have moved from communities of primary relationships in which people know each other to communities of secondary relationships where appearance is the only dimension available for the rapid assessment of others.

Today’s media portrays desirable women as thin. In 1950, models averaged five feet, four inches in height and weighed 140 pounds.  Today, the standard is five feet, ten inches and 110 pounds!

A recent study found that 11 percent of people in the United States would abort a fetus if they were told it would grow into a child that would have a tendency toward obesity.  Elementary school children have more negative attitudes toward obese children than toward bullies. Obese students are less likely to be granted scholarships.  Being fat means being left out, scorned, vilified, and often bullied.

In order to help our young people value their true selves and grow into healthy adults, we recommend the need for love from family and friends, meaningful work, respect, challenges and physical and psychological safety.  They need identities based on character, talent, interests instead of appearance, popularity and sexuality.  Instead of scales and diets, we do better to promote healthful meals, family exercise, and a value system that de-emphasizes the importance of looks.

Psychodrama and related action methods, through role play and other explorative tools, provide an important route to discovering how to find and sustain these connections and identities in their lives.  These methods can be used in education and in community settings as well as in therapy.

As a psychodramatist and psychodrama trainer, I often ask my clients:

If you were living on a magical island where weight, size, shape, appearance had no value and, instead were neutral, what would you find yourself focusing on?

This question is a perfect question to think about – and, better yet, to act out in the psychodrama room. With these actions, we can experientially discover another reality, one that is healthy – and through the power of action methods old roles based upon body obsession can be transformed into new roles based upon character.