The Role of Prevention Practitioners in Addressing and Reducing Stigma



The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Stigma disproportionately influences health outcomes and mental well-being for individuals with mental health or substance use disorder (SUD). Fear of being judged and/or discriminated against can prevent people from getting the help they need. Stigma is complex due to various societal and research definitions, including the fact that it comes in many different forms.


Learning Objectives

  • Define stigma and describe common components of stigma
  • Discuss the multidimensional, multi-level concept of stigma
  • Understand the impact of stigma and the barriers it can create for individuals
  • Describe the importance of non-stigmatizing language
  • List cross-cutting practices for preventing or reducing stigma
  • Understand the role of prevention professionals and coalitions to reduce and prevent stigma
  • Create a local plan for stigma prevention or reduction


Suggested Pre-work

  • Read “Addressing the Stigma that Surrounds Addiction and Stigma and the Toll of Addiction,” by Dr. Nora Volkow
  • Consider using the downloadable PowerPoint or videos provided to present this topic to your coalition, stakeholders, program facilitators, etc.
  • From there, explore what stigma-reduction practices your coalition can implement right away (mission statement, language audit) and what options can be considered for future planning (changing laws or policies).


Presenter: Chuck Klevgaard

Chuck KlevgaardChuck Klevgaard serves as a prevention manager for the Great Lakes Prevention Technology Transfer Center.  He delivers training and technical assistance to support substance misuse prevention throughout the Midwest. Chuck has supported communities and health agencies as they adopt evidence-based alcohol, opioid, and other substance misuse programs or policies.

Chuck earned his BSW from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is a Certified Senior Prevention Specialist through the Illinois Certification Board, Inc.

Starts: Aug. 18, 2021 9:00 am
Ends: Aug. 18, 2021 12:00 pm
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