SUD Session 5: Eliminating Stigma: Opening Doors for Healing from Substance Use Disorder_Enduring

This is the fifth session in a five-part SUD series.

The purpose of this educational activity is to reduce stigma associated with substance use disorder by presenting learners with evidenced based information.

There is no educational content to this course. This course is designed to supplement training that has already occurred. This course is designed to only administer the post-test and collect CME evaluations.

Target Audience

Nurses, Social Workers, Health Coaches, Registered Dieticians, and Paramedics / EMTs

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Define the various types of stigmas related to substance use. 
  • Summarize the medical and neurological perspectives of substance use disorders. 
  • State examples of stigmatizing language and viewpoints. 
  • Demonstrate a change in language, attitude, and behaviors toward those with substance use disorders.  
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
UPMC HR Direct for the UPMC Health Plan
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States
Alicia Fairman, LPC, CADC
Life Solutions EAP Program Manager
Alicia is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with 28 years of experience. For over two decades, she has worked with individuals and their families in group and individual settings to address a variety of mental health and substance use concerns. Alicia has provided supervision and training to substance use disorder treatment teams, including the importance of self-care techniques in programming for patients as well as personal needs to avoid concerns related to burnout and compassion fatigue. For five years, she has worked as an EAP Program Manager providing consultation to leaders, training to departments, and crisis management response to departments that have experienced a disruptive event.
Planning Committee
Michelle Schreiber, MSN, RN, CCM
Clinical Education Coordinator, Clinical Training & Education, UPMC Health Plan
Michele Gordon, PhD, LSW
Program Manager, Clinical Training & Education, UPMC Health Plan
Conflict of Interest Disclosure
No planners, members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Disclaimer Statement
The information presented at this CME program represents the views and opinions of the individual presenters, and does not constitute the opinion or endorsement of, or promotion by, the UPMC Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, UPMC / University of Pittsburgh Medical Center or Affiliates and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Reasonable efforts have been taken intending for educational subject matter to be presented in a balanced, unbiased fashion and in compliance with regulatory requirements. However, each program attendee must always use his/her own personal and professional judgment when considering further application of this information, particularly as it may relate to patient diagnostic or treatment decisions including, without limitation, FDA-approved uses and any off-label uses.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Nursing (CNE)
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.0 contact hours.
Other Healthcare Professionals
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 Attendance
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