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Cancer and Sexuality: Opening Conversations and Deepening Understanding

Brittany Hermann, LCSW and Shannon Solie, MA, LMHC
Recorded on May 20, 2016

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About the Webinar

Sex can be a challenging topic to address when working with cancer survivors. Cancer and its treatment can change a person’s sexual response cycle, desire and the way they relate to themselves as a sexual being. This presentation will address fear of the conversations and biases that come along and ways to overcome these barriers, describe the impact of cancer treatments on sexual functioning, physically and emotionally and provide evidence based interventions and resources to help cancer survivors reclaim sexual satisfaction.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Gain specific knowledge of cancer treatments impact on sexuality
  • Identify interventions and resources to promote intimacy and enhance sexual satisfaction
  • Demonstrate confidence in working with individuals of all genders and sexual orientations
  • Acknowledge the discourse about the unique needs of LGBTQIA survivors


Britt Hermann, LCSW is part of the survivorship team and founded the sexual health program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois. She has been with CTCA for three years, working with cancer survivors and their families. She earned a Masters in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago. Recently she earned the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate in Sex Therapy and is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

Shannon Solie, MA, LMHC is a mental health clinician in private practice in Seattle Washington. She has spent the past decade as a sexuality educator, presenting workshops on sexuality, intimacy, consent, communication, and partner connection locally and nationally. Most recently she has created and taught a course at Seattle University entitled Sexualities in the Therapy Room. She believes that a persons sexual self is one of many components of intersecting identities that create the whole person.

Continuing Education Credits

Level - Intermediate
Participants will earn 2.0 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation.