While I am very comfortable talking about sexual health and intimacy with the patients I encounter, some of my colleagues are very far from it. I am the only social worker in the organization who does our intimacy programs because others feel so uncomfortable. My upbringing and pre-oncology social work experience made me comfortable in having these discussions, so I am really looking for advice/tips on how to help some of my colleagues become more comfortable approaching this topic as I feel like this is an area of improvement for the organization. Any ideas would be appreciated!
I don’t think your situation is uncommon. I know our SW department has arranged to address this issue by bringing in an expert (Dr. Leslie Schover) to help make other more comfortable in these needed discussions. Education of course can helpful in giving people ideas in how to approach this topic. Protocols which delineate this responsibility would be helpful. If a person knows it is a part of their job duties to address this issue, they are more inclined to learn how to get comfortable with the process.