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A Cultural Approach to Affirming Language and Empowering Wellness
July 13, 2022

Webinar Description 

A major focus in behavioral health care is the reduction of stigma to help bridge the gap in access to quality care for marginalized communities. Supportive and motivating language is essential for engaging persons in care who are coping with the challenges that come from substance use disorders, mental illness, physical disabilities and more. People-first language highlights and respects the individuality, equality, and dignity of people with disabilities.  

This interactive webinar provided a review and practice skills on the use of affirming person-first language aligning with person-centered care. Using affirming language is an effective means of enhancing the provider-client communication, reducing stigma and bias perspectives, and reflecting hope and support. 

The Presenter

Diana Padilla is a Research Project Manager at New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Medical Center. She is a senior staff trainer for the Northeast & Caribbean Addiction Transfer Technology Center Network (NeC-ATTC) and provides training and technical assistance on implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), and Equity & Inclusion capacity building opportunities.

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