Recognizing Racial Stigma and Opportunities for Change


Stigma is associated with negative and often fear based perspectives and misunderstandings of people with mental health, substance use problems or physical disabilities. Add layers of race and ethnicity, and you have racial stigma, referring to how people of diverse backgrounds are unfairly perceived and treated. The combined impact plays a major role in why many who would benefit from treatment do not seek care.

This interactive four hour workshop will review mitigating factors such as stress, discrimination, microaggressions and societal attributions influence racial stigma and differential treatment. The intersecting challenges of social determinants of health and development of racial trauma in communities of color will also be explored. The content will also review bias reducing strategies that help mitigate stigma and benefits of integrating culturally responsive care to help attain and retain highest levels of patient centered care for persons of color and other marginalized communities.

Credits: This training series meets approval for 4 renewal hours (CASAC, CPP, CPS) and 4 initial hours (CPP, CPS) through New York State’s Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS). As an IC & RC member board, OASAS accredited courses are granted reciprocal approval by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee. Many other states offer reciprocity – please check with your accrediting agency.

Participants are required to attend the ENTIRE training, turn on their video cameras and actively participate in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.


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