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The Sex Talk: Illness and Intimacy


August 18, 2019 at 8:00PM (Eastern)


This episode: Sexuality and intimate connection are a vital part of our wellness. We have conversations with our partners, our friends, and sometimes our doctors all as part of having a healthy sex life. 

Hospitalized or chronically ill patients have lots of conversations with their healthcare teams, covering many aspects of their lives. Except — the sex talk. Clinicians rarely address intimacy and sexuality concerns, even though evidence suggests that patients want to talk about it.
How does this affect their overall quality of life?
And how can healthcare providers include this very important topic in their work with chronically ill patients? 
How do we have open, honest, and appropriate conversations with patients about this important aspect of their lives?
In this final episode of the ICM, we welcome back Anne Kelemen, social work supervisor on the Palliative Care team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Anne has researched the question of illness, intimacy, and role of the healthcare team. 

anne kelemen headshotPanelist: Anne Kelemen, LICSW, ACHP-SW

Anne Kelemen joined the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Section of Palliative Care in 2013. In 2015, she was named MedStar Health Palliative Care Clinician of the Year. Prior to joining the Hospital Center staff, Ms. Kelemen instituted the first palliative care service at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She first developed an interest in palliative care while a hospice volunteer in Maryland, and then received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland and a post-master’s certificate in End of Life Care from the Smith College School of Social Work. Ms. Kelemen continues to facilitate support groups for bereaved family members and for teens and young adults. Her research interests include the intersection between language and medicine, non-physical pain, and spirituality at the end of life.

This webinar is open to anyone and everyone who is interested in integrative medicine, healthcare, or other humans.

$100 for 12 episodes (September 2018 – August 2019) $20 for a single episode

Tuition for the Interdisciplinary Clan of Mystery is non-refundable.

During this 12-month journey, Healwell’s fearlessly inquisitive, critical thinking mastermind, Rebecca Sturgeon, LMT will host a live monthly webinar with a different guest or guests each month. Mystery panelists will include a palliative care physician, an integrative nurse coach, an RN and an NP who team up to specialize in providing care to the geriatric LGBTQ community, researchers, authors, a palliative care social worker and more. These people think about things that you think about and they are thinking about them in new ways that will challenge you and invite you to consider how you can deepen your service to the humans you care for (personally and professionally) and broaden your perspective to invite collaborations, curiosity and plain old increased clinical knowledge.


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Past Episodes:

  • Episode 11 – Where Are We Going? The Future of Massage Therapy Education with Niki Munk, PhD, LMT and Lauren Cates, LMT
  • Episode 10 – Multidisciplinary Approaches to Managing Pain with Diana Thompson, LMT
  • Episode 9 – Disenfranchised Grief and Vicarious Trauma in Healthcare Providers with Regina Tosca, LICSW
  • Episode 8 – Silent, Stoic and Suffering: Managing Pain When the Client Can’t Speak with Emily Clore, DVM
  • Episode 7 – Healthcare Everywhere: The Role of Massage Therapists in Community Health Promotion with Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, DrPH & Robin Byler Thomas, LMT, DrPH
  • Episode 6 – Balance and the Brain: Adapting Motor Learning for Individuals with Dementia with Julie D. Ries, PT, PhD, Marymount University
  • Episode 5 – Can’t We All Just Get Along? Medication and Massage Therapy with Diana Stewart, PharmD, Palliative Care Pharmacist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center & Lauren Cates, LMT, massage therapist and Executive Director of Healwell
  • Episode 4 – Treating the Whole Kid: How Integrative Therapies Support Pediatric Cancer Patients and their Families with Shana Jacobs, MD Oncologist at Children’s National Medical Center & Amanda Leland, mother of a child with chronic healthcare needs
  • Episode 3 – Caring for LGBTQ Elders with Suzanne Dutton, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, NICHE coordinator/geriatric advanced practice nurse & Clare Madrigal, RN, LGBTQ Resource Nurse at Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Episode 2 – Re-imagining the End of Life: Old Wisdom and New Innovations with Janet Booth, RN
  • Episode 1 – Creating an Interdisciplinary Team that is Truly Interdisciplinary and a Team with Hunter Groniger, MD and Anne Kelemen, LICSW

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