Contagious Stigma: How Stigma Infects Our Work with Families of People with Substance Use Disorders and What We Can Do About It



VIRTUAL SEMINAR | April 27, 2021, 1 - 4:15 p.m. ET
Instructor: Lara Okoloko, LICSW
CEs: 3 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee 
Level: Intermediate

Stigma against people with substance use disorders (SUDS) degrades the quality of services available for clients. This stigma also radiates out to the family and limits the informal social supports that families receive from their community, and the development and dissemination of quality services for families. Are we, as helping professionals, unwittingly contributing to the stigma these families face? If so, what can we do about it? How can we use what we already know about the value of unconditional positive regard, cultural humility and the family system to guide us forward and improve services for families experiencing a substance use disorder?  

Weaving together wisdom from multiple theoretical orientations, this short course will challenge the outdated paradigm of co-dependency, detachment and confrontation to build a more validating, strength-based, theoretically grounded base to work from when helping families survive a substance use disorder. 

Target Audience: 

Social workers and other social service providers

Course Delivery Method, Format and Instructor Interaction :

Synchronous, interactive virtual seminar with discussion

System Requirements:

Attendees will need access to a computer with working camera and microphone. All courses are offered using Zoom conferencing software and login information is sent shortly after registration. 

Registration Fees and Deadlines:

Early registration by February 15, 2021: $65
Regular registration by April 25, 2021: $75

CEs: 3 CEs for social workers and psychologists are available for $5 fee 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how stigma impact the way that we have been taught to think about family and friends of people with SUDs
  2. Identify how to critique stigmatizing beliefs through a theoretical lens
  3. Explain how CRAFT and Harm Reduction offer an alternative approach to family work for people with SUDs.

1:00-2:35 p.m. ET:

  • Introduction to family issues in the treatment of SUDs 
  • Overview of the impact of stigma on families and service provision 
  • Critique of co-dependency from a feminist and de-colonizing perspective   

2:35- 2:45 p.m. ET: Break 

2:45-4:15 p.m. ET:

  • Use of basic theoretical assumptions and how to re-center them in this work 
  • Introduction to the model of CRAFT as an alternative to traditional interventions  
  • A discussion of how the concepts of harm reduction can be applied to family work  

About the Instructor:

Lara Okoloko, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker near Seattle, Washington. She has a psychotherapy practice specializing in working with families impacted by a loved one's substance use problem. Using a respectful, collaborative, solution-focused approach, Okoloko is certified in the evidence-based practice of Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). In addition to her therapy practice, Okoloko teaches in the M.S.W. program at the University of Washington, provides supervision to clinical social workers working towards their license, and serves as the past president of the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.  

Completion Requirements for Virtual Seminars

Virtual Seminars (referred to as live interactive webinars by ASWB) are live, synchronous, online courses held in Zoom meetings. To receive a CE certificate, you must attend the entirety of the virtual seminar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the virtual seminar. For virtual seminars, participant attendance is tracked through Zoom, students are engaged throughout the online class utilizing their camera and/or microphone and participants must complete an evaluation. A link to the online evaluation will be emailed to participants within 24 hours of the conclusion of the course. It is attendee’s responsibility to contact their state licensing board/certification boards to determine eligibility to meet continuing education requirements.

How Will a CE Certificate Be Awarded?

Upon completing the evaluation for the virtual seminar, participants will be emailed their online certificate​ within 30 days of seminar completion​. ​Participants should save and/or print ​the certificate upon receipt for ​their records. Receiving the CE certificate is contingent on attendance and completion of the evaluation.

Continuing Education Credits and Accreditation

Social Work CE Credit: The Smith College School for Social Work, provider #1755, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The Smith College School for Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 11/19/2020-11/19-2021. Social workers completing this course receive 3 continuing education credits. 

The Smith College School for Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is therefore authorized to provide CEs as a postsecondary institution accredited by CSWE in many states. Courses offered through the School's Program of Professional Education are awarded continuing education credits in accordance with Continuing Education Regulation 258, CMR, 31.00 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Professional Education SW OPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0169. If outside these states, please contact your licensing board for accreditation information regarding your state. Association of Social Work Boards database of social work licensure requirements.

Psychology CE Credit: Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Amego Prepare​ is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amego Prepare maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Due to changes in continuing education requirements for NY licensed psychologists, APA CE Sponsor credits may not be accepted for re-licensure at this time. Please check the NY Psychology Board regulations for CE requirements currently in effect.

Further information on policies and CE accreditation can be found here.

Mary Curtin | Manager of Professional Education

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