Contact + Education = Change: Ways to Identify and Reduce Mental Health Provider Stigma

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April 7, 2021

9-10am CT

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Cheri Trahan Keene, LPC & Gabriel Sellers

Description: Stigma acts as a barrier to care for those with serious mental illness (SMI). Counselors can play a vital role in reducing stigma as clinicians and supervisors. This presentation explores stigma development, common SMI myths, provider stigmatization, and ways to reduce stigmatization of SMI clients. A web-based intervention will be presented which includes a unique photo display accompanied by artist statements reflecting one individual’s experience with SMI in the mental healthcare system.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will gain a greater knowledge of how stigma develops, common myths regarding mental illness, and the effects of stigma on individuals with mental illness. Participants will gain a greater understanding of potential microaggressions and how to support CITs in working with clients with a mental illness by addressing potential microaggressions during supervision. Participants will gain better insight into the effects of stigmatization through a unique photographic display.