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Dismantling Bias and Building Equity: Deconstructing Unconscious Bias in Behavioral Health Care Series

1:00pm - September 10, 2020 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Northeast & Caribbean PTTC
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This series is being co-facilitated by the Northeast and Caribbean Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, and Prevention Technology Transfer Center.

This webinar series was developed to provide professionals with a review of implicit (i.e. unconscious) bias and how it negatively affects communications, interactions, decision-making and service outcomes for racial and ethnic communities; and offer tools and approaches to address, mitigate and diminish the effects of unconscious bias in the addiction, mental health, and prevention disciplines in order to collectively effect equitable outcomes for persons of color. Participants may join any or all of the sessions listed below. Each session will include ample time for discussion and Q & A. To link to the other session event pages in this series, click on the following: 

Session 1: Origins of Unconscious Bias Thursday, August 27, 1:00 – 2:30 ET

Session 2: Making the Case to Identify Not Blame Thursday, September 3, 1:00 – 2:30 ET

Session 4: Learning from the Field Thursday, September 17, 1:00 – 2:30 ET


Description: In the first two sessions we define and describe the impact of unconscious bias on cognition and provider practice, as well as how it contributes to behavioral health disparities. This third session will offer practical tools and strategies for organizations and providers to identify and address unconscious bias and support the delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS). Discussion will present action steps that providers can take to explore and diffuse personal bias, and further inform on how integrating cultural humility in practice minimizes unconscious bias using a process oriented approach to care consequently increasing behavioral health equity.

Credits: Each session meets the requirements for 1.5 initial hours (CPP, CPS) through New York State’s Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS). The NJ Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services offers reciprocity for CADC, LCADC, and LPC. SW CEUs will be available for LMSWs and LCSWs through New York State Education Department’s Board for Social Work. Participants must attend the session in its entirety to receive a certificate of completion.