From Stigma to Strength:
How to Communicate with People Whose Behaviors are Stigmatized

There are many people whose behaviors or life circumstances are stigmatized.

People with substance use disorders, those experiencing homelessness, and people living in poverty are a few examples.

Stigma discourages people from getting the help they need. Would you want to interact with somebody who is just going to shame you?

Stigma is baked into our culture. Sometimes we say something and do not realize the shame it heaps on others. Other times we think we are helping, motivating, or simply ‘telling the truth’ when we are actually harming and re-traumatizing.

In this training we will learn better ways to communicate with people that have circumstances that are commonly stigmatized.

You will learn (Learning Objectives):

  • A brief history of stigma.
  • Stigmatizing words people often use.
  • Alternative phrases to use instead.
  • 6 key principles of a trauma informed approach to interacting with stigmatized people.
  • How to empower people to start making positive changes.