Stigmas are negative social attitudes about perceived differences between people and groups. This can be based on a range of characteristics such as appearance, behavior, beliefs, social position, and background. Stigmas can cause debilitating shame, isolation, and exclusion from necessary medical care and other forms of support. Stigmas cause barriers to accessing and maintaining recovery and are difficult to dismantle.
Those of us who live with substance use and mental health challenges encounter stigmas on a daily basis. Those of us who provide mental health and substance use services and support may be stigmatized by colleagues and community members. Great effort is required to identify, address, mitigate, and reverse the impact of stigma. This is also central to developing meaningful recovery plans.
What stigmas do you or the communities with which you identify face and how do you survive them? When you see someone being stigmatized, how do you and your programs respond? These are some of the many questions we can help you address in this immersive, experience-based course on how and why stigmas are formed and what can be done to weaken and dismantle them in your selves, programs, agencies, and communities.
During this course, we will share our experiences of stigma, examine research and theories about stigma, and explore the psychological and social suffering stigmas cause. We will discuss ways to resist different forms of stigma and address individual and systemic factors. We will also examine case studies that include efforts to reduce the use of stigmatizing language, organize social movements that call out and fight against discrimination and oppression, and create community-wide shifts in knowledge and attitudes. Working with partners, participants will begin developing anti-stigma initiatives tailored to their organizations and communities.
Who should take this course:
- Peer workers and clinical professionals employed in clinical, non-profit, and peer-run and recovery community organizations
- Individuals working or volunteering in health, behavioral health, homeless, and human service programs
- Staff from any organizations where stigma is a potential issue, including programs related to education, law enforcement, criminal justice, and drug and mental health courts
- Community organizers, activists, and social justice advocates
- Students in social work, behavioral health, sociology, nursing, medicine
- Dates: Thursday, February 25 AND Friday, February 26, 2021
- Time: 9:30 am-1:30 pm ET
- Subject: Identifying and Dismantling Stigma in Recovery Services
- Practice level: Beginner, intermediate, and advanced
- CE credit:
- ASWB: 6.5 hours
- NAADAC: 6.5 hours
- NBCC: 6.5 hours
- Course type: Live online
- Two-day live online webcast for 4 hours each day
- Covered topics: Stigma, recovery, substance use, mental health
- Describe subjective and shared beliefs, attitudes, actions, and structures that produce and sustain stigmas
- Observe how and why we and the communities in which we live and work are affected by stigma and stigmatizing beliefs and attitudes
- Identify root causes and multiple forms and levels of stigma
- Review research on the impact of stigma and efforts to mitigate or dismantle stigmas
- Identify frameworks for designing, implementing, and assessing anti-stigma initiatives
Meet the Instructors
Kevin McCarthy, MSW, is a person in long-term recovery, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and recovery advocate. He specializes in the treatment of clients with co-occurring disorders, focusing on challenges with housing and stigma. Kevin is a member of the boards of Heading Home Inc. and Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery. He was a consultant for the Department of Youth Services and MORE Advertising for the Massachusetts State without Stigma campaign.
Steven Samra, MPA, has expertise and lived experience in substance use and mental health recovery, harm reduction approaches, promotion of lived experience as critical experiential knowledge, developing and leading peer advisory councils, peer leadership, cultural competence, criminal justice, and effective outreach and engagement for challenging populations. He serves in leadership capacities for multiple recovery, substance use, mental health, peer involvement, and homelessness focused initiatives.
Certificates of Completion are awarded to participants who have attended both live webcasts, completed all required learning activities, scored 80% or higher on all quizzes, completed the course evaluation form, and the certificate request form. 6.5 hours hours of continuing education credit will be awarded upon completion of this course. Certificates will be emailed directly to participants roughly two weeks after the completion of the final webcast.
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C4 Innovates, Provider #1457, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education ACE program. c4 Innovates maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/17/2020-10/17/2023. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.5 hours continuing education clock hours.
C4 Innovates has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6576. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. C4 Innovates is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
This course has been approved by C4 Innovates, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #100990, C4 Innovates is responsible for all aspects of their programing.