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Responding to Stigma: Strategies for Health Professionals
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When: Thursday, October 24, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
305 7th Avenue
13th Floor
New York, New York  10001
United States

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Each year, 1-in-5 adults will experience a mental illness, and 1-in-10 will have a diagnosable substance use disorder. Many people experience both concurrently. Most will not seek help for these very treatable illnesses. One reason people avoid effective treatment is due to stigma.


Stigma involves complex processes that are driven by stereotypes and prejudices that lead to many different forms of discrimination. Public stigma perpetuates negative attitudes toward people with mental illness and substance disorders. Self-stigma causes individuals to internalize the negative views held by society. Structural stigma can lead to difficulty gaining access to treatment, housing, employment, and social networks. Health practitioner stigma can affect access to care and quality of care and likely plays a part in the reduced lifespan and other health inequities experienced by people with mental illness and substance use disorders.


Research on stigma reduction interventions reveals that a one-time anti-stigma campaign does not yield effective, long-term results and that a more sustained, programmatic effort is required. To that end, this training will review seven types of stigma, the negative effects stigma often cause and review the latest research on effectively addressing these stigma on clinical and structural levels in health care settings.



With this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Know seven types of stigma associated with mental illness and substance abuse disorders (MI/SUD) in health care settings
  • Recognize the effects of stigma on people who use MH/SUD services, caregivers and staff
  • Identify strategies for addressing stigma in clinical settings



NASW Member: $55 | Non-Member: $115


3 SW CE Contact Hours






Gretchen Grappone, LICSW is a training consultant specializing in evidence-based interventions and stigma reduction strategies for community mental health centers, hospitals and other healthcare settings. Gretchen has worked as a cognitive behavioral therapist and dialectical behavioral therapist in a community mental health center, as a researcher and trainer at Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and as a social worker on a behavioral health inpatient unit in a community hospital. She has served as a subject matter expert on stigma, behavioral health policies and implementation of evidence-based practices for grants funded by SAMHSA, the Endowment for Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Gretchen co-wrote the chapter Recovery Perspectives in Evidenced-Based Mental Health Practice: A Textbook. She has written about stigma from her perspective as both a social worker and someone with lived experience with depression for the Journal of Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Advocate.




NASW-NYC Certificates Policy


As per New York State Continuing Education guidelines, attendees must arrive on time and attend the ENTIRE workshop to receive their Continuing Education Contact Hours. Any attendees who arrive late or leaves early to a workshop will not receive their certificate, is not allowed admittance into the workshop and is also not eligible for a refund in any way. Please check transportation schedules ahead of time and plan accordingly.


We are currently transitioning from providing paper certificates to electronic ones. Please ensure that your registration information is accurate (name, e-mail, license type and number) as this will impact your continuing education certificates. NASW-NYC is not responsible for the accuracy of your registration information. To receive your certificate of completion, on the workshop date, please sign-in with your time and before you leave, initial-out with your time. Please allow up to 30 calendar days after the workshop date to receive your certificate.



NASW-NYC Refund Policy


All refund requests must be submitted by e-mail to workshops.naswnyc@socialworkers.orgRefund e-mails must include the subject line "Refund Request" as well as the attendee's name, workshop date and title in the body of the e-mail. Valid requests must be received no later than five business days prior to course date. NASW-NYC reserves the right to refuse any refunds requested later than five days prior to the course date.


All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee.

Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

Refunds ONLY; credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop.


If the workshop is cancelled, you will be informed ahead of time and fully refunded.



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NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0060.

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