The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services

Mar 27, 2018 | General

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in partnership with the Massachusetts General Hospital Recovery Research Institute are excited to announce a live webinar series entitled:

“The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services”

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Each webcast will take place from 2 – 3pm ET.  Register Here FREE

This educational initiative highlights the importance of addressing the harm caused by biases and skewed perceptions in treatment and public health settings towards patients who need care for SUDs.

This four-part webcast series educates healthcare professionals about the problems of discriminatory practices and inaccurate perceptions in dealing with individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) and related conditions, as well as the actions and pathways needed to resolve them. Webcasts will feature discussions among experts in the field of addiction treatment, research, and policy.

MARCH 28, 2018: “Overcoming stigma, ending discrimination”

  • In what ways are discriminatory perceptions harmful to individuals suffering from substance use disorder?
  • How do we shift away from the use of negative concepts as an organizing paradigm to address socially discrediting health problems?

APRIL 26, 2018: “Why addiction is a “disease” and why it’s important”

  • What is the definition of disease and why is it particularly important for addiction to be emphasized as a disease?

MAY 22, 2018: “Reducing discriminatory practices in clinical settings”

  • What is the nature and extent of discrimination towards individuals with substance use disorder?
  • What is the origin and perpetuating factors to this discrimination, and how do we tackle the challenge of reducing discriminatory practices in healthcare settings?

JUNE 19, 2018: “A future without discrimination and discriminatory practices”

  • What would the treatment and public health landscape look like if we were to completely eradicate discriminatory practices?
  • What steps would need to be taken to ensure this happens?

This training webcast is produced under contract number HHSP233201700228A for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, opinions, and content of the training webcast are those of the preparers and do not necessarily reflect the official position of SAMHSA or HHS and do not constitute endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.

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