Title of Paper

You can’t get a paper cut from an Ebook:An Extension of the Good Heart Model (GHM) in tackling issues surrounding and relating to people who are transgendered or have gender dysphoria



The Trans Research Review states that 'it is only in the last decade that trans people have been accorded rights and given protection in law from discrimination. There is growing recognition of the discrimination, inequalities and social exclusion that trans people face by policy makers and the public.’ It goes on to say that ‘existing evidence suggests that trans people experience high levels of discrimination in key areas of life,’ and that ‘there is an urgent need to carry out research on the families, households and relationships of trans people.’ (Hani, M 2014).This paper presentation will be split into three area; the GHM used in practice, the social issues arising from gender dysphoria and the use of Apps as an extended process in the GHM. The GHM is a theoretical and practical methodology that references use of Animation, Person-centered Therapy, service user lead experience and Ignatius Spirituality. It considers the principles of auto ethnography, and how one facilitates the therapeutic environment, the production process and technique. 



Animation, Transgender, Gender Dysphoria, Gender Identity Disorder, Film, Education



Gemma Witcomb is a Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. Her research spans eating behavior and exercise, body image, and mental health, in both clinical and sub-clinical populations, including transgender individuals and those with eating disorders. She has a focus on translating research into tangible resources and won the 2014 Loughborough University Enterprise Awards for Social Impact for an app and website to help parents manage difficulties with child feeding. 




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School of Sport

Exercise and Health Sciences

Loughborough University


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