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The Language of Recovery

August 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm MDT

| $15.00

Specialists in substance use disorder, mental health and criminal justice professions are impacted by clients’ reactions to stigma in many areas. Stigma plays a crucial role in the field of substance use disorders and mental health. The Language of Recovery allows review and refinement of the nature of addiction language offers an alternative way of thinking for providers. Healing the stigma of addiction for clients and professionals working in this field is important and the language that is used to describe the disorder and the behavioral outcomes of addiction are constantly changing.  This 3-hour presentation will describe the impact of language on addictive disorders and how recovery planning is affected for clients when using strength based language. In addition, the role of professionals in supporting long term recovery and resiliency will be reviewed.

Goal: Explore the role of human services professionals in changing how stigma in language negatively impacts consumer’s recovery.


  1. Describe the impact of the stigma of addictive disorders
  2. Discuss supporting long term recovery by using strength based language
  3. Contrast current terminology and alternative terminology in the addiction field.
  4. Discuss the meaning of personal/professional language and how changing current language impacts public perception.

12:30 PM Registration

              1:00 – 1:30   Stigma and the impact on both consumers and professionals

        1:30 – 2:15 Stigmatizing terms in current language

2:15 – 2:30   BREAK

2:30- 3:00    Stigma in Action – effects of shame, denial and hopelessness

3:00 – 3:45   Using strength based language

3:45 – 4:00   Questions and Evaluations

Kate Speck, PhD MAC, LADC

Kate has 39 years’ licensed experience in addictions with a Master of Addictions and an MA in Adult Education.  She is Senior Research Manager at the UNL Public Policy Center, and teaches graduate courses in addictions. She has a strong background in prevention and treatment settings, substance abuse prevention/intervention, addiction in families, pregnant and parenting women, and training and education. She is a member of MINT (International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) since 2000, and has provided training and technical assistance nationally in the use of Motivational Interviewing. She is also a Master Trainer for Clinical Supervision, and Suicide Prevention. Kate is currently with the University of Nebraska, Public Policy Center as a Senior Research Manager, working in behavioral health including substance abuse, children’s infrastructure grant, disaster preparedness, gambling, pregnant and parenting women, psychological first aid, and workforce development projects.


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August 8, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Jessica Lecher


Harms Advanced Technology Center-WNCC
2620 College Park Road
Scottsbluff, NE 69361 United States
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