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Deconstructing Unconscious Bias in Behavioral Health Care Series - Making the Case to Identify Not Blame! - Session 2 (webinar)
September 12, 2020
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Building off the psychological framework of unconscious bias as discussed in the first session, this second presentation will review and inform on how unconscious bias is reflected in words, communications, and relations toward persons of color through case scenarios reflecting its impact in the addiction, mental health, and prevention settings. The elusiveness of cognitive bias underscores provider assumptions and perceptions and affect judgment that lead to prejudice, micro-aggressions, and even discriminatory practices in care. The discussion will also identify commonly experienced pressures of personal and ‘on the job’ stress, and other bias risk factors that affect decision making, interactions and client/patient outcomes in behavioral health.

Goal: Recognize and examine how unconscious biases obstruct the provider’s capacity to engage and effectively deliver patient centered care for persons of color accessing behavioral health services.

Learning Objectives:
• Identify how unconscious biases are not limited to race and can exist for characteristics such as gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, etc.
• Identify how assumptions and stigma impact communications and rapport building.
• List behavioral health (one of each) examples of how stereotypes lead to inequitable care.

The development of these training materials is supported by grant TI082504 (PI: M. Chaple) from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), United States Department of Health and Human Services. The contents are solely the responsibility of the Northeast and Caribbean Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and do not necessarily represent the official views of SAMHSA