C4 Innovations

Community & Behavioral Health | Recovery | Social Change

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Who Should Take This Course

We welcome anyone interested in this topic, including:

  • Peer workers and clinical professionals employed in clinical, non-profit, and peer-run and recovery community organizations
  • Individuals working or volunteering in health, behavioral health, homeless, and human service programs
  • Staff from any organizations where stigma is a potential issue, including programs related to education, law enforcement, criminal justice, and drug and mental health courts
  • Community organizers, activists, and social justice advocates
  • Students in social work, behavioral health, sociology, nursing, and medicine

Learning Objectives

As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe subjective and shared beliefs, attitudes, actions, and structures that produce and sustain stigmas
  • Observe how and why we and the communities in which we live and work are affected by stigma and stigmatizing beliefs and attitudes
  • Identify root causes and multiple forms and levels of stigma
  • Review research on the impact of stigma and efforts to mitigate or dismantle stigmas
  • Identify frameworks for designing, implementing, and assessing anti-stigma initiatives

Course Facts

Dates: Thursday, February 25 AND Friday, February 26

Time: 9:30 am-1:30 pm ET (both days)

Practice Level: Beginner, intermediate, and advanced

Course Type: 2-day live online webcast for 4 hours each day


Day One:

  • Facilitated discussion of first-person participant experiences of stigma
  • Facilitated discussion of shared vignettes to identify and begin naming levels of stigma
  • Introduction, overview, and interactive discussion of “Map of Stigma”

Day Two:

  • Overview of foundational, interdisciplinary definitions of stigma
  • Facilitated discussion of what prompts stigma and its impacts
  • Interactive analysis of how stigma fuels inequality
  • Overview and facilitated discussion of the histories, contexts, and consequences of stigma

CE Credits:

  • ASWB: 6.5 hours
  • NAADAC: 6.5 hours
  • NBCC: 6.5 hours