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Moving Beyond Stigma

May 23, 2017 08:00am -
May 23, 2017 03:30pm

Event Description

William James College Forum


Moving Beyond Stigma


Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Back Bay Events Center, Boston*

John Hancock Hall & Dorothy Quincy Suite,

180 Berkeley Street (Corner of Berkeley & Stuart Streets)


Conference Director

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


The William James College Forum series convenes thought leaders to address societal issues that affect mental health.

  • 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


(Psychology, Social Work, LMHC, LMFT, Nursing, & Educator CE/PDP Credits available)


For more information please see the forum website.



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.


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.



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