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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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Trainer, Sidney H. Smith III, LMSW, is the author of 3 books, “Addiction Treatment Outcomes”, “Alone with GOD”, and “Unbelievably Amazing”, which is a book about a true story of a drug addicts' journey to miraculous freedom and success. It is the story of a man who went from 27 years of addiction, crime, homelessness, and prison to a master's degree, 2 state social work licenses, rights restored by Legislation, and a Federal Government job. Smith aims to provide a message that is an injection of hope to all available listeners.


Defining Stigma

What is Stigma?

Three types of stigma

(20 minutes)

Defining addiction

Identifying myths related to addiction

Acknowledging personal bias

(20 minutes)

Opioids versus opiates what’s the difference?

Evidence-based addiction treatment

(20 minutes)

Understanding, heroin, and methadone

Replacing ideals with education

(20 minutes)

Instilling hope

Personalizing, addiction and recovery

(20 minutes)

Healing conversations reduce stigma

Reduced stigma equals a saved life

(20 minutes)

Conclusion, discussion & review, summary

(30 minutes)

Learning Objectives:

  • 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
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • 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

Official information:

Refunds: Registrants who are unable to attend a Thrapy Express seminar or live webinars may ask for, and will receive, a credit or refund (your choice). Refund requests will be processed within 3 business days. When an attendee knows in advance that they are unable to attend we ask that they inform Thrapy Express ahead of time by emailing [email protected] or by calling or texting (631) 202-1010 this allows us to free up the spot in the training in the event that a training is at or near capacity.
Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.
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Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (If this is a pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% to receive a certificate.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available after satisfactory course completion by clicking here
Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
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