More than a DSM Code: Addressing Stigma Experienced by Families

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This 90-minute webinar tackles stigma around mental health for family members and caregivers of children living with complex behavioral health challenges, providers and agency administrators.


The stigma attached to mental health disorders is entrenched within the child-serving systems and extends to the family members of children living with complex behavioral health challenges. Parents and caregivers often feel dismissed, blamed for their child’s challenges, or perceived as an extension of their child’s diagnoses. This 90-minute webinar will bring awareness to the normalization of stigma and how it may manifest in unintended ways. It will present a call to action to challenge the status quo and offer strategies for addressing stigmatizing behaviors in real time.

This webinar is offered in partnership with Oregon Family Support Network.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the effects of the normalization of stigma on family members and caregivers.

  • Identify the contribution of implicit bias to stigmatization. 

  • Distinguish the role of family members as context experts with regard to their experiences.  

  • Apply strategies to challenge the perpetuation of stigma. 



Family Members & Consumers of Mental Health Care, Family Advocates, Program & Agency Administrators, Front-Line Staff, Service Providers, Educators


Carol Dickey, MBA, MS 

Carol DickeyCarol 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.







Starts: May 19, 2023 9:00 am
Ends: May 19, 2023 10:30 am
Registration Deadline
May 19, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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