Stigma, Substance Use Disorders and the Vocational Rehabilitation Relationship
October 23, 2020

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Registration Status: CLOSED
Registration Ends: Friday, October 16, 2020

Consumers with substance use disorders face tremendous stigma throughout their process of recovery. The relationship that the consumer has with the vocational rehabilitation counselor, vocational evaluator, employment specialists and other rehabilitation professionals is often paramount in assisting the individuals with overcoming this stigma. Employment reduces stigma, but stigma often reduces employment opportunities. As vocational rehabilitation professionals, our focus is often on how to manage vocational characteristics, but understanding how stigma manifests behaviorally within this population is necessary to create a more collaborative relationship. Additionally, understanding how our own biases and stigma towards this population is interfering in the vocational rehabilitation relationship is necessary to increase the alliance in this relationship. Participants in this program will benefit from the following learning objectives:

  1. Identify and apply the different types of stigma that consumers with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) face
  2. Clarify and evaluate one’s own biases and values regarding SUDs
  3. Recognize the varying behavioral manifestations of stigma in consumers with SUDs in seeking employment
  4. Discuss and apply techniques for increasing collaborative efforts between consumers with SUDs and vocational rehabilitation professionals.


Jennifer McDougal, PhD is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Addiction and Rehabilitation Studies at East Carolina University. Dr. McDougal is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). Dr. McDougal has worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor, mental health therapist, and addictions counselor in a variety of settings for over 14 years. Dr. McDougal’s current and previous research areas have focused on reducing barriers to employment for individuals with addictions and mental health.

CRC Credit:  3.0
Fee: $99

  • 10/23/2020 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
    All times Central

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Credit: Any credit for a class that you were unable to attend for unforseen circumstances must be used within one year of the date of the class.

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