Access webcasts designed to educate health care professionals about the problems that discriminatory practices and inaccurate perceptions present in dealing with individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) and related conditions.
The webcasts series, produced by SAMHSA in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital, Recovery Research Institute, featured discussions among experts in the field of addiction treatment, research, and policy. Learn more about The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services.
The webcasts aired live in March 2018. Participants could earn free CME/CE credits for attending the one-hour webcasts.
They are available on SAMHSA’s YouTube Channel.
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 toward 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?