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NeC-ROTAC Webinar – Stigma, Self-Reliance, and Substance Use in Rural Communities

January 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


One of the most significant challenges to individuals in treatment in rural communities is the stigma attached to being identified as someone who uses substances. The values of self-reliance and independence, while being a source of strength during crisis, can negatively influence help-seeking behaviors. This webinar will discuss how the stigma related to being identified as a substance user and the values of self-reliance converge to present a unique barrier to care for individuals in rural areas.

Presenter: Dr. Delores Blackwell, LCSW, is a multijurisdictional licensed clinical social worker. She has held numerous administrative and clinical positions within both the addictions and mental health disciplines. She is an adjunct professor at both Touro College and Hunter College Silberman Schools of Social Work. In conjunction with her numerous roles, she also conducts and develops trainings for mental health and addictions professionals in both direct practice and leadership positions. She is currently a Research Project Manager at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center, where she works with the Opioid Response Network and Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Center within the Northeast and Caribbean (HHS Region 2).

Registration: click here. 


January 31
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm