Wednesday 27th June 2018, 12.30pm – 2.00pm: Seminar
Title: Sex and Cancer: opening difficult therapeutic conversations and challenging assumptions using Design Activism
Venue:The Ashley Building, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DF, Room LT010.
To be delivered by Colette Dobson Senior Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts and Engineering.
Colette Dobson’s impactful research looks at one of the most sensitive questions that arise in cancer survivorship. What happens to the sexual relationship following diagnosis and treatment which leads to distress for many patients?
Acting as the Art lead of 4 artists and Dr. Butcher, consultant in Psychosexual Medicine we are ComMA – Communication Medicine and Art. Work is created from the patient’s voice that challenges health professionals as evidence shows that they can struggle in their therapeutic practise.
The focus groups are patients with prostate cancer and breast cancer – this group engaged in the development of the work. ComMA’s role is to create work from patient’s statements, using the language of Art Textiles that mirrors the language of medicine.
ComMA’s Work is presented at international conferences where Health professionals are confronted with work informed by their specialist practise which they cannot understand as no context is provided. The role is reversed, they have a sense of the patient’s perspective, when presented with a form of communication that is unfamiliar and a possible boundary to communication.
Discussion, debate is provided and the viewer gains confidence through insight benefiting the community of cancer survivors. The health professionals are often shocked and emotional at the outcomes of the research.
The process has been evaluated as a valuable experience as published in the journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, (Routledge 2016). The aim is to change the education of health professionals and patients in regard to sexuality and cancer. We are developing a tool to support this aim which will be a film or image based campaign.
As with all CHAD seminars we want this to be an informal session – we’ll provide beverages, feel free to bring your lunch.REGISTER HERE