Origins of Unconscious Bias: Deconstructing Unconscious Bias in Behavioral Health Care Series

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 2: Making the Case to Identify Not Blame Thursday, September 3, 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: Behavioral health disparities reflect the lack of access to quality care for specific populations. Despite notable efforts to address inequitable outcomes, research suggests that race and ethnicity are predictors of how services are delivered, and unconscious bias is one component that has been identified as influencing the provision of poor care. With the steady rise of the US population and the expected increase in communities of color, the need to address behavioral health disparities has never been more urgent. This first session of the four-part series will discuss how cognitive bias develops, how it is sustained by intrinsic and environmental factors, and how it contributes to inequitable outcomes for persons of color in behavioral health care.

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.

Starts: Aug. 27, 2020 1:00 pm
Ends: Aug. 27, 2020 2:30 pm
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