Author(s): Rylan Jay Testa
This one-of-a-kind, comprehensive workbook will help you navigate your gender identity and expression at home, in school, and with peers.
If you are a transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) teen, you may experience unique challenges with identity and interpersonal relationships. In addition to experiencing common teen challenges such as body changes and peer pressure, you may be wondering how to express your unique identity to others. The Gender Quest Workbook incorporates skills, exercises, and activities from evidence-based therapies—such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)—to help you address the broad range of struggles you may encounter related to gender identity, such as anxiety, isolation, fear, and even depression.
Despite outdated beliefs, gender no longer implies being simply male or female, but rather a whole spectrum of possibilities. This fun, engaging workbook is designed specifically for teens like you who want to explore the concept of gender and gender identity and expression—whether you already identify as TGNC or are simply questioning your gender identity.
The activities in this book will help you explore your identity internally, interpersonally, and culturally. And along the way, you’ll learn how to effectively express yourself and make informed decisions on how to navigate your gender with family, friends, classmates, and coworkers. The book also includes chapters on sex and dating, balancing multiple identities, and how to deal with stressful challenges when they arise.
The Gender Quest Workbook also features a brief downloadable guide for clinicians that explains ways professionals can better serve gender-expansive youth. The guide will address ways to help youth working with gender identity build resilience against gender minority stress, among other topics.
“What makes this book so powerful is the balance the authors strike between asking open-ended questions and offering readers tools from which to build answers... An invaluable resource for all young people on a gender quest.”—Kirkus starred review
“This workbook is an important resource for the transgender community. I wish I’d had something like it when I was coming out to myself.”—Greta Gustava Martela, cofounder and executive director of Trans Lifeline, the first national crisis line for transgender people
“Informative, supportive, and fun. These playful and engaging exercises are powerful tools for self-discovery. I wish I’d had this guide as a teenager. Any young adult exploring gender will find freedom in these pages.”—Nick Krieger, author of Nina Here Nor There
"From inconspicuous activities such as people watching to more task-oriented ideas for encouraging young people to broach their concerns to family members, this volume serves as a valuable resource."—Library Journal
“The Gender Quest Workbook is an excellent resource for any young person who would like to explore gender. The authors really cover all the bases and bring to life the process by which a person can feel supported in bringing self-determination and creativity to expressing their gender. The language used is clear and user-friendly. I would absolutely recommend this to my clients. Testa, Coolhart, and Peta make excellent tour guides through this journey!”—Sand Chang, PhD, clinical psychologist and gender specialist in the Kaiser Permanente Multi-Specialty Transitions Department, chair of the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (CSOGD), and coauthor of the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People
Rylan Jay Testa, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has been working to improve the mental and physical health of transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people through research and development of clinical interventions. He is currently clinical faculty at Palo Alto University (PAU), where he contributes to the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR) as program manager of the Gender Identities Program. Testa is respected for his work in both the field of psychology and the transgender and gender nonconforming community.
Deborah Coolhart, PhD, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and assistant professor at Syracuse University's Marriage and Family Therapy program. Her clinical and scholarly work focus on strengths and challenges of transgender people and their loved ones, and she has published several journal articles and book chapters on transgender-related topics. She created a clinical team of master's students who work specifically with transgender clients ,their partners, and families in a free university clinic-providing a valuable service to the transgender community in New York.
Jayme Peta, MA, MS, has been working with and for transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) youth since 1997. Peta holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Naropa University, and is a doctoral candidate at Palo Alto University in clinical psychology.