Presenter: John Kelly, PhD, ABPP

Stigma associated with substance use and addiction remains one of the biggest barriers to treatment for millions of people in the U.S. How can we transform the way staff approach and deliver addiction care while fostering engagement among clients in recovery? This course examines factors involved in stigma and discrimination, and offers evidence-based strategies on how to overcome them.


By end of presentation participants will:

  • Understand the importance of language in treating substance use disorders (SUD).
  • Examine the evidence demonstrating the impact of stigmatizing language on the provision, quality and allocation of resources for SUD care.
  • Identify strategies for addressing stigma in policy and practice settings using non-stigmatizing language.

How it Works

After watching a video presentation by John Kelly, PhD, ABPP, you will be required to take a short quiz. Upon receiving a grade of 80% or higher, you will be directed to a course evaluation. Once you have completed the evaluation, you will be able to download a .pdf certificate to get your course credit.


  • Video Presentation (1 hour)
  • Exit quiz requiring a score of at least 80% to earn contact hours
  • Evaluation of the training

About the Presenter

John F. Kelly, Ph.D., ABPP Dr. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School – the first endowed professor in addiction medicine at Harvard. He is also the Founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)> Read more

Contact HoursĀ 

Certificates will be issued upon completion of an online course evaluation.
No partial credit will be given.

  • 1 CONTACT HOUR for social workers, licensed professional clinical counselors, psychologists, continuing health education specialists, andĀ  behavioral healthcare workers.
  • This course may be used for 1 contact hour for MHRT-C Domain 2
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