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>>> NCSACW Webinar: Disrupting Stigma — A Virtual Conversation – March 1

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) will host Disrupting Stigma – A Virtual Conversation on March 1 at 1:30 p.m. Presenters will discuss how to create understanding, empathy, and connection that can improve systems and services for families. Participants will learn about stigma related to substance use and mental disorders and child welfare involvement and strategies to disrupt stigma in the institutions and structures with which you engage. This session will feature a new NCSACW resource Disrupting Stigma: How Understanding, Empathy, and Connection Can Improve Outcomes for Families Affected by Substance Use and Mental Disorders. Click the link above to register.

>>> 2022 Ohio Recovery Housing Summit – March 30

Registration for the Ohio Recovery Housing Summit 2022 is now open. This one-day summit will be held on March 30 at the Fawcett Center on the campus of The Ohio State University. Attendance at the event will be limited to allow for appropriate physical distancing—register today to reserve your seat. Advanced registration is required. Questions? Please email info@ohiorecoveryhousing.org.

>>> OPPA Annual Psychiatric Update (Virtual) – April 2

The Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA) will host its Annual Psychiatric Update virtually on April 2, 2022. This year’s program, Hot Topics in Psychiatry: Advancing Clinical Care While Surviving the Pandemic’s Impact, will bring together thought leaders and experts from across the nation, who will address topics that psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians routinely encounter. The pandemic has heightened the awareness of both physical and mental/behavioral concerns in all populations in the state of Ohio. It has been nearly two years since COVID-19 created the challenges that our patients face, including illness, loss of employment, financial problems, lack of food, closed schools and loss of life. It has all taken a tremendous toll on our patients from a social, emotional, and vocational perspective and the effects will be long-standing. At the same time, the field of psychiatry continues to see advances in the field. This educational activity will address both pandemic-related mental health issues and new advances in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Learn from experts from Yale University, School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Tulane University School of Public Health, and the Cleveland Clinic. This event is designed for psychiatrists, residents/fellows, medical students, and psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, and other mental health care professionals may find it of interest. This event is approved for 5 hours of Category 1 CME. Click HERE to register.

>>> NIAAA News | Words Matter: A New Stigma-Free Vocabulary for Better AUD Outcomes

Word choice may seem out of place among the myriad factors that can influence outcomes for a complex condition like alcohol use disorder (AUD). In fact, the stigma created by the language that is used to describe alcohol problems can decrease many people’s willingness to seek help for alcohol problems. It also can affect how people with AUD are treated in all aspects of life. In the Winter 2022 issue of its Spectrum newsletter, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provides some helpful resources and suggested vocabulary to use when discussing AUD to help promote improved outcomes.

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