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Implicit Bias Training (November)

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.


Click here to take the: Harvard Implicit Bias test



Implicit bias is when an individual has a subconscious preference for or aversion to another person or group that is based on assumptions and/or stereotypes. The term “implicit” refers to the fact that people are very often unaware of their own biased attitudes towards others.

The influence of implicit bias is present in many sectors of public life: in the workplace, educational institutions, health care systems, the criminal justice system, and the sports and entertainment industries. Implicit biases can determine who goes to prison, who gets hired/promoted/fired, who is prescribed pain management medication, who is treated first in emergency rooms, and who receives quality mental health and substance use disorders treatment.



This presentation will define implicit bias and focus on the effects of implicit bias in addiction and mental health treatment. The curriculum will further address:

  • The effects of implicit bias on engagement, retention, and outcomes in clinical practice;
  • research on turning implicit biases into explicit biases;
  • strategies on using implicit bias interventions in the clinical relationship; and—
  • strength-based approaches to addressing implicit biases in the clinical relationship.





Participants who fully attend this training will be eligible to receive 3 NAADAC continuing education hours. Certificates are sent to qualified participants within two weeks after the training. No partial credit will be awarded.




Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is the Illinois State Project Manager for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC and PTTC. Mark has worked for 40 years as a social worker, educator, and part of the SUD workforce. He is founder of the Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment and Recovery and co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery-oriented high school in Illinois. Mark is also an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, and the British Islands.

Recently, Mark Sanders was named as the 2021 recipient of the NAADAC Enlightenment Award in recognition of his outstanding work and contributions to NAADAC, the field of SUD services, and SUD professionals. He is also the recipient of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health’s 2021 Lawrence Goodman Friend of the Field award in honor of the many years of dedicated service Mark has provided to communities throughout his home state of Illinois.

He is past president of the board of the Illinois Chapter of NAADAC. Mark is the 2021 recipient of the NAADAC Enlightenment Award, recognizing his outstanding service through a lifetime of consistent contributions to the advancement of NAADAC, the addiction profession, and its professionals.

He has had a 30-year career as a university educator having taught at the University of Chicago, Illinois State University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and Loyola University of Chicago, School of Social Work. 


Starts: Nov. 15, 2022 8:00 am
Ends: Nov. 15, 2022 11:00 am
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