Ethical therapy

Update on Canada’s conversion therapy bill

Written by Collin Wynter. UPDATE ON DECEMBER 9, 2021: On Tuesday, the Senate of Canada passed Bill C-4 without debate and without sending it to be studied at committee, despite the plea of Senator Mobina Jaffer and an alleged 4000+ emails sent to the Senate requesting such citizen consultation. It has now received Royal Assent …

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When doing less is helping more: A more considered approach

Written by Genspect parent Lynn Chadwick. In Clinical and Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Gender Dysphoric Children and Adolescents: When Doing Less Is Helping More, his article published in The Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Dr. David Schwartz outlines significant concerning observations regarding the current practice of the affirmative-care approach in treating …

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Q&A with Dr. Stephen Levine

Written and compiled by Genspect parent Derek Duval. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Genspect advisor Stephen Levine published the prescient Reflections on the Clinician’s Role with Individuals Who Self-identify as Transgender in the Archives of Sexual Behavior in September 2021.  As he states in the abstract, his aim is “to assist clinicians in their initial …

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A detransition case study: Concerns about affirmative care

Written by Genspect parent Lynn Chadwick. In Gender detransition: A case study, her article published November 10, 2021 in The Journal of Analytic Psychology, Genspect advisor and Jungian analyst Lisa Marchiano describes a case that illustrates the complex and overlooked mental health needs of young people presenting with gender distress and how simplistic the affirmative …

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Stella O’Malley testifies about New Zealand conversion therapy bill

On October 13, 2021, Genspect founder Stella O’Malley testified at a subcommittee hearing about New Zealand’s proposed Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill. She began by describing her childhood, when she was convinced she wanted to be a boy until about age 10, noting that she was one of the 80% estimated to outgrow this experience …

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Genspect parent talks with WRLN

Written by Genspect parent Lynn Chadwick. Young people are declaring transgender identities in huge numbers, and there is much concern about the way in which these young people are being instantly affirmed and offered drastic irreversible medical treatments and surgery. Parents in particular are frightened, as they are routinely told that they must affirm their …

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Edwards-Leeper: Support doesn’t always mean medical interventions

This summary was written by a Genspect parent. Many thanks to independent journalist Meghan Daum of the Unspeakable podcast for giving the complex issue of best care for gender-questioning children and youth the attention it deserves by hosting a three-part series this week with Dr. Laura Edwards-Leeper, journalist Lisa Selin Davis, and affected parents. Many thanks to independent journalist Meghan …

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ADVICE: Treating without transition

Cynthia Breheny is a woman who has struggled with gender dysphoria since early childhood and used unconventional therapeutic treatment methods to manage it without transition. Genspect thanks her for her raw and honest account of her lived experiences as well as for her advice. “No, silly! You’re a girl! Only guys have to shave their …

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What next? RANZCP statement on gender dysphoria conflicts with AusPATh

Analysis by Simon Tegg, who is part of Fully Informed, a group of people from across New Zealand concerned about the legality and long-term impacts of prescribing puberty blockers to children. The Royal Australia New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) is the registration body for psychiatrists in the two countries. In September 2021, the RANZCP …

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Canada Votes 2021: What next?

In August, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a snap election, hoping for a commanding majority and mandate to govern, and on September 20, after spending more than $600 million on a pandemic election that no one wanted, Canada spit back nearly identical results: Trudeau again lost the popular vote, won about the same amount of …

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