The Integration Of SUD EBP Counseling Applied To The Transgender Population

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Dr.. Geri Miller, Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Purpose: To provide counselors with current information about Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) theory and techniques that can be used with a transgender substance use disorder (SUD) population. Results: While research is limited on the rates of SUD in the transgender population, there is evidence that they: have a heightened risk for substance abuse, are more likely to seek SUD treatment than the non-transgender population, have greater frequency of mental health problems (i.e. depression, suicidality, self-harm, eating disorders), and have unique factors such as homophobia/transphobia, family problems, violence, and social isolation (Day et al., 2017; NSDUH, 2015) as well as a tendency for this population to leave SUD treatment early and abruptly. The four main points are: 1) transgender population research is limited, 2) the therapeutic relationship is a cornerstone (e.g. use of the EBP of Person-Centered Therapy, 3) therapy needs to target maladaptive thoughts/behaviors (e.g. use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and 4) a need for treatment policy development that has an affirmative, whole person-centered approach.

Additional Information

Miller, G., Feral, M., Cole, K., & Faw, M. (2021). The Integration Of SUD EBP Counseling Applied To The Transgender Population. 2021 American Counseling Association Conference. RECAPP 2021, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. NC Docks permission to re-print granted by author(s).
Language: English
Date: 2021
RECAPP 2021, American Counseling Association, Transgender, Sexual Orientation, Counseling, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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