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Michael Ian Rothenberg

Michael Ian Rothenberg

The Centre for Counselling and Sexual Health, USA

Title: Sex death and dying : A conversation about sexuality at the end of life

Biography

Biography: Michael Ian Rothenberg

Abstract

This presentation explores the dying process and the reasons include conversations about human sexuality as part of the dying process when providing psycho-educational support to patients, caregivers and families. The presentation utilizes a study, conducted by Michael Ian Rothenberg, Ph.D., LCSW, and discusses the results, published, with co-author Andres Dupras, Ph.D., in an article titled Sexuality at the End of Life Stage that examines Elisabeth Kubler Ross' five stages of death theory to explore these stages from a sexological perspective. In order to gain a better understanding of the unique difficulties experienced by terminally ill people and their caregivers when dealing with their sexuality during the various end-of-life stages, a qualitative methodological approach was utilized and resultant data were presented as case histories gathered in the context of clinical sexology consultations. Clinical interviews contributed to the resolution of varied sexual challenges faced by terminally ill people and their family caregivers. This presentation hopes to raise important questions about the palliative care professional's responsibility regarding the understanding of sexuality for individuals in the end-of-life stage as well as illustrated how to begin to engage in needed discussions on sex and sexuality.