Learning Community: Challenging Stigma Through Understanding and Intentional Action | Spring 2023

The Northwest MHTTC is excited to collaborate with Carol Dickey and Oregon Family Support Network to offer a live learning community in Spring 2023 focusing on intentional strategies for eliminating stigmatizing behavior and strengthening relationships. Each session includes expert-led instruction and experiential learning. 


Up to 6 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credits* (see bottom of page) are available.

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  • Members of the behavioral health/mental health workforce who are based in the states of Alaska, Oregon, Idaho & Washington (HHS Region 10) are eligible to participate
  • Commitment to attend the whole series is expected
  • Each individual must have access to computer/web camera/audio to participate
  • Applications are no longer being accepted; the deadline to apply was May 1, 2023.
  • Questions: For questions about this series, including eligibility and registration please contact the Northwest MHTTC at [email protected].



With attention to fostering mutuality and trust, we will engage in an immersive discussion of how stigma may affect family members and caregivers of children living with behavioral health challenges. We will examine how implicit bias, systemic subordination, and a business-as-usual approach may contribute to stigmatization. With a deeper understanding of how it happens, we will develop intentional strategies for eliminating stigmatizing behavior and strengthening relationship.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the everyday effects of stigma experienced by families and identify individual and systemic factors which contribute to its development 
  • Reflect on the potential advantages of working with families as experts in their own experience 
  • Develop and apply individualized strategies to address stigma in real time 

SESSIONS: Tuesdays, May 16 - June 6, 2023

8:30 - 10am AK / 9:30 - 11am PT / 10:30am - 12pm MT


May 16

I’m Just a Parent: Experience how stigma is felt, internalized, and perpetuated by parents and caregivers 


May 23

Warm Hand-Off is for a Plate of Food: Explore the stigmatizing effect of commonly used language and discover more compassionate alternatives 



May 30

Who Knows Best: Learn to leverage the complementary roles of professional content expertise and the context expertise of lived experience 


  • No slides are being distributed for the May 30th session


June 6

Challenging the Way We’ve Always Done It: Discuss stigma embedded in organizational culture and relationships and develop creative strategies for moving it out 


Carol Dickey, MBA, MS


Carol Dickey

Carol Dickey is a parent of five children and a passionate advocate for behavioral health system transformation through elevation of the family voice and an interaction over intervention approach to service delivery. Drawing on more than three decades of experience in health-services administration and agency leadership, her advocacy efforts are driven by her family’s experiences within the child-serving systems. They are inspired by the stories of frustration, hurt, and helplessness shared by countless families so often forced to survive in crisis.




*CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT DETAILS:  Physicians, physician assistants, primary care ARNPs, psychologists, and other health care providers may be eligible for CME or CEUs for completing the course. Retain your Certificate of Completion and verify its suitability for CME/CEUS with your licensing/credentialing entity.  The University of Washington is an approved provider of continuing education for DOH licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, psychologists, chemical dependency professionals, nurses and physicians under the provisions of: WAC 246-809-610, WAC 246-809-620, WAC 246-811-200, WAC 246-840-210, WAC 246-919-460 and WAC 246-924-240.

Starts: May 16, 2023 9:30 am
Ends: Jun 6, 2023 11:00 am
Registration Deadline
May 1, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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