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Moving Beyond Stigma Conference

May 23, 2017 . 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

This event is free if you are not receiving CE credits. You must register to attend, however.

Register HERE.


David B. Herzog, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Special Assistant to the President, William James College

This Forum is hosted by William James College and co-sponsored by: Association for Behavioral Healthcare, (ABH), Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Gosnold on Cape Cod, Health Resources and Services Administration, (HRSA), Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery, (MOAR), Massachusetts Health Council, (MHC), Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, (MaMHCA), Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, (MPS), Massachusetts Psychological Association, (MPA), Massachusetts Public Health Association, (MPHA), New England Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, (NECCAP), New England Rural Health RoundTable, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Massachusetts, (NAMI), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services, Region I (New England).

  • One in four Americans will develop a mental health problem or will misuse alcohol or drugs during their lifetime.
  • More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than in motor vehicle crashes. Yet 89 percent of individuals estimated to be in need of treatment for a substance use disorder do not receive services.
  • Only 25 percent of people with a psychological condition feel that others are understanding or compassionate about their illness.
  • Eight in 10 workers say shame and stigma prevent them from seeking treatment for their mental illness

Prejudicial beliefs and attitudes associated with mental and substance use disorders are significant barriers to care. The forum will cover institutional, public and personal stigma, elucidate the factors that influence negative perceptions of mental and substance use disorders, highlight the impact of stigma, and explore strategies for change. Panel discussions will include: community leaders sharing their personal journeys of stigma; first-responders; and business leaders. The forum will provide ample time for networking and interacting with individuals from various agencies and businesses that address stigma.


MBS6 | 6 CE Credits | $100

Graduate Students, General Public, Other Professionals | No CE Credits | FREE

Pre-Registration is REQUIRED

Seating is limited

(MFT CE Credits available)


Back Bay Events Center is located within blocks of several MBTA stations.

  • Back Bay Station: servicing Commuter Rail, Amtrak, and the Orange Line. Located on Dartmouth Street between Stuart Street and Columbus Avenue, and on Clarendon Street near Columbus Avenue.
  • Copley Station: servicing the Green Line. Located at 640 Boylston Street at 230 Dartmouth Street.
  • Arlington Station: servicing the Green Line. Located at 300 Boylston Street at 20 Arlington Street.

Discount* parking is available at the Garage @ 100 Clarendon, conveniently located just one block from the facility.

*Bring your parking ticket with you and have a BBEC representative stamp your ticket to receive proper discount.

Keynote Speakers

Patrick Corrigan, PsyD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology; Principal Investigator, Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research

Gary Mendell, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Shatterproof


Maria Cramer, reporter, Boston Globe Spotlight Team

Callie Crossley, TV and Radio Host, Commentator and Public Speaker

John Fish, Chairman and CEO, Suffolk Construction Company

Thomas G. Davis, RPh, Vice President, Professional Services, CVS/pharmacy

Thomas P. Glynn, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Port Authority, (Massport)

Haner Hernández, PhD, CADAC II, LADC I, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University

David Hurlburt, MBA, Executive Producer, WCVB NewsCenter 5

Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA, President and CEO, The Dimock Center

James O’Connell, MD, President, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Marylou Sudders, Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Sarah Wakeman, MD, Medical Director, Substance Use Disorder Initiative, Massachusetts General Hospital


Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Special Events
Early registration ends on Mar 30, 2017.
Regular registration starts on Mar 31, 2017 and ends on May 12, 2017.
Late registration starts on May 13, 2017.

Register HERE.


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