Tuesday, July 11th, 2023 2:00 PM America/New_York Sidney H Smith III LMSW(AL, MS)
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In 2021 the CDC reported over 100,000 deaths by overdose. This represents a 28.5% increase over the previous year which already had over 70,000 overdose deaths! If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, it is time to talk about promoting healing and long term sobriety. It is time for some conversations and education. Many clinicians, first responders, and healthcare professionals are unaware of how they may contribute to the perpetuation of stigma. We as humans, even with professional ethics, training and licenses are still prone to biases and stigma, especially with persons who struggle with substance use/abuse issues.
This presentation will help participants look at personal biases and strategies to combat counterproductive attitudes that cause harm to the same people our codes of ethics, profession and policy are designed to protect. If your thinking what I’m thinking, it is time to talk about reducing stigma and personal biases by re-embracing our commitments to service, dignity and worth of person. We as Professionals have a call and platform to decrease these numbers, empower others to live by providing non-biased service and treatment options for those affected by Substance Use Disorder.
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What is Stigma?
Three types of stigma
Identifying myths related to addiction
Acknowledging personal bias
Opioids versus opiates what’s the difference?
Evidence-based addiction treatment
Understanding, heroin, and methadone
Replacing ideals with education
Personalizing, addiction and recovery
Healing conversations reduce stigma
Reduced stigma equals a saved life
Conclusion, discussion & review, summary
- Participants will be able to acknowledge personal bias and perpetuation of stigma in therapeutic settings.
- Participants will be able to implement strategies to combat counterproductive attitudes towards people with substance abuse issues.
- Participants will be able to engage in healing conversations that motivate and encourage growth and continued sobriety
This presentation is open to:
- Social Workers
- Professional Counselors
- Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
- Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an intermediate level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
- New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
- Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
- Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
- Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives