As some of you know, part of my research involves issues related to sexual function following treatment for breast cancer. It is an area of research and education that perhaps doesn’t get as much attention as it should and some places, including Good Vibrations and Arkadia, work hard to make a difference in this area. Here is an upcoming event for those in the San Francisco area:
Breast Cancer & Sexuality (NEW)
Location: Good Vibrations (Polk Street store), San Francisco, CA
Monday, November 12, 7-10 pm
$35 for students and AASECT members
$40 for the public
Here is some information from the Good Vibrations event description:
"The American Cancer Society estimates that almost 180,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2007, including almost 20,000 in California alone. Despite the highly sexualized nature of breasts in western society, the sexual impact of breast cancer on the individual woman is largely ignored within the medical setting.
This workshop for sexuality educators, counselors and therapists will give you the background necessary to work knowledgably with women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. We will walk through the treatment process step-by-step, illuminating potential sexual repercussions and identifying coping mechanisms at every stage. The unique sexual concerns of breast cancer survivors, as they relate to changes in menopausal status and frequently encountered relationship challenges, will be explored. Throughout the evening we will develop strategies to empower women with breast cancer to honor their bodies and create a satisfying post-cancer sex life.
Sueann Mark, Ph.D., is a clinical sexologist in private practice in San Francisco and a breast cancer survivor. Dr. Mark is board certified by the American College of Sexologists and serves on the faculty of the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.
This workshop meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists and is Approved for 3 CE Credits. AASECT is approved to offer continuing education for LMFT and LCSW licensure requirements in California by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and for psychologists by the California MCEP Accrediting Agency. If you would like CE credit, please let us know when you register."
For more information about this event, visit The Good Vibrations web site.