Chester County

DHS - Drexel - Ethics and Addiction: The Impact of Stigma & Discrimination - 7/9/24 - VIRTUAL LIVE Online Registration

Virtual-Live Training
Ethics and Addiction: The Impact of Stigma and Discrimination 
Training offered by Drexel University
Continuing Education Credits              No Cost               3 hrs
When:     Thursday, 7/9/24
Time:       9:00am - 12:15pm                       Registration Deadline:  Thursday, 7/2/24 at Noon 
Where:    Virtual-Live Training
Presented by:  Karin Gladney, PhD, CAADC
Maximum Capacity:   50

Description: The United States is in the midst of a public health crisis arising from untreated substance use disorders.  A major obstacle to engaging individuals in treatment is the overwhelming stigma against those abusing substances.  Stigma and discrimination stymies progress across efforts of prevention, treatment, and recovery.  Healthcare professionals, often unintentionally, contribute to and perpetuate stigma, many times judging and failing to adequately care for the very people they aim to help.  The elusive etiology of addiction and poor treatment outcomes continues to frustrate and confuse practitioners.  The lack of effective treatments leaves many helpers discouraged and cynical about the potential for recovery.   Some argue that addiction is a medical disorder characterized by profound alterations in brain circuitry due to repeated substance exposure.  Others contend addiction is better conceptualized as resulting from moral, psychological, sociological, or in-born circumstances.  Most recently, some assert addiction is a disorder of choice.  Attitudes toward those with substance use issues often correspond to the etiological beliefs a person holds about addiction itself, which parallels the level of stigma and discrimination present.  Alleviating stigma related to substance use disorders is challenging.  However, efforts are needed to decrease the perception of blame and increase treatment engagement.

In this course, we will consider the ways in which morals, attitudes, and culture contribute to stigmatization and discrimination against those abusing substances.  We will contemplate the language we may use to better preserve the dignity and respect of each individual.  Finally, we will examine the importance of shifting public perception and practitioner attitudes away from blame and shame, and toward respect and compassion.                                

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Discuss current attitudes and perceptions toward those with substance use disorders
  2. Examine how stigma and discrimination impact treatment engagement and recovery
  3. Explore the ethical responsibility of practitioners to interact in a respectful and dignified manner with those abusing substances 

**Training link will be emailed to registered participants  on Tuesday, 7/7/24

In order to receive continuing education credits at no cost to you for this course:

  • You must pre-register
  • You must be a Chester County Provider
  • You must complete the post-test and the evaluation form at the end of the session

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