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Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

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Overview / Abstract:

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that explores the stigmas around mental illness and provides effective strategies to overcome them.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines mental illness stigma as “a range of negative attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors about mental and substance use disorders.” Mental health and substance use disorders are prevalent and among the most highly stigmatized health conditions in the United States, and they remain barriers to full participation in society in areas as basic as education, housing, and employment.

This course will explore the stigmas surrounding mental illness and provide effective strategies clinicians can use to create a therapeutic environment where clients can evaluate their attitudes, beliefs, and fears about mental illness, and ultimately find ways to overcome them. We will explore the ways in which mental illness stigmas shape our beliefs, decisions, and lives. We will then look at specific stigmas about mental illness, from the fear of being seen as crazy to the fear of losing cognitive function and the ways in which we seek to avoid these fears. We will then look at targeted strategies that, you, the clinician, can use to create a therapeutic alliance where change and healing can overcome the client’s fears. Lastly, we will look at the specific exercises you can use in session with your clients to help them address and overcome their biases and stigmas about mental illness.

Course #21-24 | 2018 | 35 pages | 15 posttest questions

Expiration

Dec 31, 2028

Discipline(s)

Counselor CE, Dietetics / Dietitian CE, Occupational Therapy CE, Physical Therapy CE, Psychology CE, Social Work CE

Format

Online

Cost

29

Credits / Hours

2

Accreditation

APA, NBCC. AOTA, ASWB, CDR

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT

Keywords / Search Terms

Professional Development Resources Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness, Stigma, mental illness, mental health, online course, continuing education, CE, CEU, mental illness stigma

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