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Making the Case to Identify Not Blame: Deconstructing Unconscious Bias in Behavioral Health Care Series

1:00pm - September 3, 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 3: Dismantling Bias and Building Equity Thursday, September 10, 1:00 – 2:30 ET

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


Description: Building off the psychological framework of unconscious bias as discussed in the first session, this second presentation will review and inform on how unconscious bias is reflected in words, communications, and relations toward persons of color through case scenarios reflecting its impact in the addiction, mental health, and prevention settings. The elusiveness of cognitive bias underscores provider assumptions and perceptions and affect judgment that lead to prejudice, micro-aggressions, and even discriminatory practices in care. The discussion will also identify commonly experienced pressures of personal and ‘on the job’ stress, and other bias risk factors that affect decision making, interactions and client/patient outcomes in behavioral health.

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.