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Sexual Health and the Oncology Social Workers Role

Jillian Y. Bissar, LCSW
Recorded on April 15, 2021

Sexual Health and the Oncology Social Worker's Role

About this Live Interactive Webinar

A skill building seminar on the importance of self awareness and ethical consideration in addressing sexual health in a cancer care setting.  Attendees will learn to address human sexuality with a diverse clientele.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define the social work role when addressing sexual health with clients in an oncology setting.
  2. Identify the importance of self awareness and the ethical considerations social workers need to be cognizant of when working with clients of various backgrounds.
  3. Utilize assessment tools to guide discussions with patients regarding sexual health, intimacy,and relational needs.

Presenter

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Jillian Y. Bissar, LCSW

Jillian Bissar, LCSW-S is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, BSW 2003 and MSSW 2005.  Ms. Bissar is an active Member of the National Association of Social Workers and of the Sexual Health Alliance. She trained in comprehensive lifespan (cradle to grave) sexuality and healthy relationship curriculum, Our Whole Lives (OWL), and has taught in the spiritual community setting and in the secular setting. 
 
She has worked in a variety of settings to provide sexual health education, counseling and relationship support to clients. For 12 years she worked exclusively in HIV services with adults, children and teens. Her work in cancer includes head and neck, gynecological, genitourinary and breast cancer radiation patients helping them cope with the effects of cancer and address their sexual health and relational needs during and after cancer treatment.  She is currently a Social Work Supervisor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
 
She is passionate about educating and advocating for fulfilling lives through healthy relationships of all kinds, as well as access and inclusivity in sexual health. Her approach is sex positive, evidence based in science and grounded in sound relationship therapy techniques.

Continuing Education Credits

Level - Intermediate
Participants will earn 1.5 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation. 

Course Designation
This course has been approved for 1.5 clinical continuing education clock hours.

Outline
12:00 p.m. - 12:25 p.m.: Define the social work role when addressing sexual health with clients in an oncology setting.

12:26 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.: Identify the importance of self awareness and the ethical considerations social workers need to be cognizant of when working with clients of various backgrounds.

12:51 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.: Utilize assessment tools to guide discussions with patients regarding sexual health, intimacy,and relational needs.

1:16 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Questions and Answers

ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORK BOARDS (ASWB):  This organization, Association of Oncology Social Workers, ACE Approval #1351, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. AOSW maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/2019 - 11/11/2022. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. 

NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S STATE BOARD FOR SOCIAL WORK:
Association of Oncology Social Work, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0320.

GRIEVANCE POLICY: ASOW will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be responsibility of the Education Director in consultation with the Education Chair and clinical director from committee. We do our best to anticipate problems and, when they do present themselves, will attempt to alleviate complaints as quickly as possible. When a complaint, either verbally or written, is received, the following guidelines are followed with respect to achieving resolution: (1) Complaints relative to a speaker or workshop leader, contents of instructional materials being presented, or an individual educational style being utilized, the individual voicing disapproval is requested to place his/her comments in writing. An AOSW representative will convey these comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual. (2) If the complaint concerns a continuing education activity, its content, level of presentation, or facilities in which the event is being held, the representative in charge will attempt to resolve the matter as expeditiously as possible. If the offered resolution (resolutions offered may include, but not be limited to partial/full refund of registration fees paid; credit toward future event) not satisfactory to the individual filing the complaint, then further action may be taken as follows. (3) The individual is requested to place his/her complaint in writing to the attention of the Education Director, The Association of Oncology Social Work, AOSW Headquarters, 111 W. Jackson Blvd. Suite 1412, Chicago, IL 60604. The complaint is then reviewed by the Education Director in consultation with the Clinical Director and Education Advisor. A written response will be issued within 30-days of receipt of the written complaint.

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