Transgender and Gender-Expansive Affirming Child-Centered Play Therapy

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Play therapists will inevitably work with transgender and gender-expansive (TGE) individuals and need to develop competence in order to effectively work with this population. Given the dearth of literature on the use of play therapy to support TGE children and the fact that play therapists working in the school setting are in a prime position to provide needed support and advocacy, this article provides guidance on how to effectively work with TGE children using Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT). The article reviews the challenges TGE children face at home and in school and how to use the skills of CCPT in a TGE affirming way, using a case study and detailed examples of responses. How play therapists working in schools can work with parents/caregivers and advocate in the school setting are also included.