Tuesday, May 12, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mental Health Association in Greensboro
301 E Washington St, 2nd Floor Conference Room
Greensboro, NC 27401
Don’t Call Me Crazy: Using Respectful Language in Mental Health
Language reflects and affects cultural beliefsâ€”it has the power to diminish and to uplift. When it comes to mental health, language has historically been prejudicial, negative, and stigmatizing. Fortunately, mental health language is changing. Why? For one thing, consumers are speaking out against the effects of discriminatory language and partnering with professionals to set mutual goals of language change. Altering old patternsâ€”rejecting terms like â€œshrink, â€œthe mentally ill, and â€œaddictâ€”takes time but ultimately has a profound positive impact. This workshop helps providers analyze their day-to-day language, learn about person-first language, explore terminology related to suicide, and examine how language change occurs.
Facilitator: Myla Erwin, BA, CPSS
Mental Health Association in Greensboro, Director of Programs
Provider Academy 2015
A series of free workshops for all mental health and substance abuse providers and peer support specialists. Addiction counselors and peer support specialists receive 1.5 NCSAPPB General Skill Building Hours for each session.
Bookings are closed for this event.