The G.A.P. Network Webinar | How We Speak Matters: Undoing Stigmatizing Language

May 23 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Virtual Event
Cost: Free

Description

Language plays a critical role in how we treat individuals and is essential for effective prevention, education, treatment, and recovery in areas like substance use, mental health, and gambling. Despite this, outdated and stigmatizing language persists, affecting collaboration, community engagement, documentation, and direct services. Professionals often underestimate the impact of language on those they serve, with negative words potentially discouraging help-seeking and fostering feelings of shame. Embracing patient-centered language is crucial for creating safe recovery environments and addressing harmful linguistic norms.