Giving Voice to the Trans Community on GID Reform in the DSM-5: A Saskatchewan Perspective

  • Jai T. Richards CCPA Member, CCC

Abstract

The inclusion of the diagnosis of gender identity disorder (GID) within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a contentious issue. A summary of the arguments for retention, removal, or reform of the diagnosis in the DSM-5 is presented. A qualitative study with 7 individuals from Saskatchewan, Canada, was conducted. They discussed being diagnosed with a “disorder,” their experience of being transgender in Saskatchewan, and their opinions about the current debate. There is a discussion of the themes from the interviews. The implications for counsellors and other health providers and recommendations for further inquiry are also presented.

Author Biography

Jai T. Richards, CCPA Member, CCC
Executive Director of The Avenue Community Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity; Private Practice; Mental Health Therapist with the Saskatoon Health Region
Published
2012-12-10
How to Cite
Richards, J. T. (2012). Giving Voice to the Trans Community on GID Reform in the DSM-5: A Saskatchewan Perspective. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 47(1). Retrieved from https://cjc-rcc.ucalgary.ca/article/view/60947
Section
Special Issue Articles/ Articles d'édition spéciale