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A Guide for Working With Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Patients

Many health care professionals will likely provide services to at least one transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) patient during their career. TGNC individuals are now more accepted by society as overall awareness of this historically marginalized group increases. However, some health care professionals — including psychiatrists — do not think they are qualified to provide health care services to TGNC individuals, and thus shy away from doing so. To improve services and access to mental health care for TGNC individuals, it is critical more psychiatrists become familiar with the history and culture of this population and best practices for treatment.

History and Epidemiology

View a brief history and review information on epidemiology, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Definitions of Gender, Sex, and Sexual Orientation and Pronoun Usage

View information about pronouns and key definitions.

Gender Dysphoria Diagnosis

The history and differential associated with gender dysphoria.

Medical Treatment and Surgical Interventions

An overview of gender-affirming procedures that are available.

Best Practices

Learn about best practices and providing trans-affirming care across medical disciplines.

Writing Letters of Support to Insurers and Surgeons

Learn about the basics of writing support letters for gender-affirming procedures.

Gender-Affirming Therapy

View basic concerts when providing psychotherapy to those who are gender diverse.


Learn and understand helpful terminology when working with the TGNC community.

Resources & References

View important resources and references made in this guide.

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