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The HBIGDA Standards of Cafe's eligibility requirements include one letter from a mental health professional (who has been treating the client for at least six months) to the physician overseeing medical treatment, signifying that 1) the mental health clinician will work closely with the adolescent throughout hormone therapy and the RLE, 2) that the teen has reached a minimum age of 16 years, and 3) the teen preferably has consent by the parent or legal guardian, although it is not required (Meyer et al., 2006).
A study by Cohen-Kettenis and colleagues (2008) found that adolescents selected using HBIGDA eligibility requirements and beginning cross-sex hormone therapy between 16 to 18 years of age were no longer suffering from gender dysphoria and were both psychologically and socially "not very different" from their peers 1 to 5 years after sex reassignment surgery.
First, the HBIGDA's Standards of Care for Gender Identity Disorders (see Meyer et al., 2002) indicates the responsibilities of mental health professionals working with transgender individuals.
Alone or with colleagues I made presentations about transgender identity issues for HBIGDA, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and other groups, and for several years I co-taught the doctoral level course in transgender identity issues at the California School of Professional Psychology, now part of Alliant University.
(HBIGDA) is a professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders.
There are rules that are set up by psychologists and psychiatrists - they are called the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA).
The HBIGDA (a) is also known for developing the "Standards of Care," which have come to be recognized, internationally, and have become the accepted methods of medical care and treatment of individuals experiencing gender identity disorders.
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