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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in partnership with The Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) Announces a Special Webcast Series for Media Professionals!

Trauma and Peer Engagement
The First in a Series of 2017 SAMHSA Webcasts Entitled:
The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See
February 9, 2017 2 PM ET


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The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See

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Learn how using the best possible language in media portrayals of people with substance use disorders can remove bias and promote a healthier view of the issue. The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See is a series of educational webcasts for members of the news and entertainment media. The webcasts explain the best possible terminology to use when addressing substance use disorders.
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Trauma and Peer Engagement
The First in a Series of 2017 SAMHSA Webcasts Entitled:
The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See

February 9, 2017 2 PM ET


 

This webcast will explore the impact of trauma on individuals and those who witness traumatic experiences in various environments—such as home, school, and community—as it relates to substance use disorders. Trauma and violence in the U.S. is widespread, harmful, and costly public health concerns. Just like substance use disorders, trauma can affect anyone with no regard to age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. The webcast will address the positive effect that various groups such as the faith community and peer-to-peer engagement plays in helping individuals get the treatment and recovery services needed.

About the 2017 SAMHSA Webcast Series
The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See

Learn how using the best possible language in media portrayals of people with substance use disorders can remove bias and promote a healthier view of the issue.

The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See is a series of educational webcasts for members of the news and entertainment media. The webcasts explain the best possible terminology to use when addressing substance use disorders. The audience for these webcasts includes:

  • Television and radio producers
  • News and entertainment journalists
  • Screenwriters
  • Authors
  • Consumers

This initiative aims to improve how people with these conditions are portrayed and promote a healthier presentation of substance use issues, free of biased and discriminatory overtones.

Access webcasts designed to help journalists and entertainment creators use the best possible language in portrayals of people with substance use disorders.
The following webcasts guide members of the news and entertainment media in writing about or portraying people with substance use disorders and the reality of hope in recovery. These educational tools were produced by SAMHSA in partnership with the Entertainment Industries Council (link is external). Learn more about The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See initiative.

The webcasts will air live beginning in February 2017. They will be made available afterward on SAMHSA’s YouTube Channel (link is external). Information on program login will be provided closer to webcast air dates.
 
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