Informed Consent: Working with Gender Transitioning Clients




Informed Consent in the world of medicine relates to a patient being educated and indicating understanding of both the beneficial and the potential negative effects of a particular medication or treatment. For people transitioning from their assigned sex at birth to their identified gender, Informed Consent goes beyond the physical effects of hormone therapy or surgery and needs to cover the full spectrum of psychological, social, and environmental effects of each step in the transition process. This presentation covers the range of issues about which a mental health provider needs to inform transitioning clients for them to be reasonable in their expectations before, during, and after transition.