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Gender Trauma

Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT
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Sep 21, 2020
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Exploring how the essentialism of the gender binary impacts on clients of all genders, this ground-breaking book examines how historical, social and culturally gendered trauma emerges in clinical settings. Weaving together systemic ideas, autoethnography, narrative therapy and somatic experiencing, the book charts the history of the gender binary and its roots in colonialism, as well as the way this culture is perpetuated intergenerationally, and the impact this trauma has on all bodies, gender identities and experiences.

Featuring clinical vignettes, exercises and reflexive practices, this is an accessible and intersectional guide for professionals to develop their understanding of gender-derived trauma for supporting clients. Highlighting the importance of applying a trauma-informed approach in practice, this book provides insights as to how we can work towards collective healing, for future generations and for ourselves.



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Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT (they/them) is a family therapist, WPATH certified gender specialist, AASECT certified sex therapist, Somatic Experiencing® practitioner, clinical supervisor and author. Alex is a founding member and past chair of the Trans and Queer Interest Network of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and current president of the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT). They have researched, presented and published extensively on gender, disability, sexuality, relationships, and HIV. They are a trans masculine, nonbinary, bi queer, polyamorous, disabled, Italian immigrant and parent who has been living on Dakota and Anishinaabe territories, currently known as Minnesota since 2008. Alex is the author of award-winning book Gender Trauma: Healing Cultural, Social, and Historical Gendered Trauma and co-author of the books How to Understand Your Gender: A Practical Guide for Exploring Who You Are, Life Isn’t Binary, How to Understand Your Sexuality, and Hell Yeah Self-Care: A Trauma-Informed Workbook. They also host the podcast Gender Stories. You can find out more about them at or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @xtaffi.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Alex Iantaffi is the co-owner of Edges Wellness Center LLC and Kinship LLC and has an employment relationship with Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. They receive royalties as a published author. Dr. Iantaffi receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. They have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Alex Iantaffi is a member of the American Association for the Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors & Therapists, and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.



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