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The Science of Stigma: A Training About What We Know & What We Can Do to Address It

Stigma is a barrier to progress on several social issues relevant to those working in the fields of public health, prevention, mental health, and substance misuse. Stigma is associated with a variety of negative social and health outcomes. For example, many people in need of services do not access them because of perceived stigma. Understanding stigma and methods to reduce it are important for our efforts to grow a culture that supports health and safety for everyone. In this session, we will explore the meaning of stigma and how stigma is manifested. We will explore the question “Why do certain conditions get stigmatized and others don’t?” as well as discuss the theories and factors that help to answer this question. Finally, we will discuss ways to reduce stigma to better serve our communities.

Virtual Training Learning Outcomes

Our 3-hr training from 9-12pm MST provides a foundation for recognizing how stigma impacts efforts to improve health and safety. Training attendees will: 

  • Recognize the impact of stigma on important health and social issues like the misuse of substances and mental health disorders
  • Identify how stigma is manifested and factors that contribute to stigma
  • Learn about ways to reduce stigma and be able to apply specific strategies to their work

Who should attend?

The training is designed for anyone working to improve health and safety, including (but not limited to) public health professionals, mental health professionals, prevention specialists, violence prevention advocates, coalition members, government personnel, educators, and law enforcement officers.


This 3-hr training will consist of one virtual session from 9-12pm MST on May 25, 2022. Participants are expected to be at their own computers with audio access. Webcams are encouraged during group activities.


9:00 am – 12:00 pm MST

  • Introduction
  • Raising Concern
  • Defining Stigma
  • How Stigma Shows Up
  • Ways to Reduce Stigma
  • Working Across the Social Environment
  • Next Steps – What Now – Call to Action

Important Dates

  • Registration closes May 11, 2022
  • Last day to cancel and receive a refund (less a $15 admin fee) May 11, 2022 at 11:59PM (MST)
  • Final due date for registration fees is May 11, 2022 at 5:00PM (MST)


The registration fee of $125/person includes the 3-hour training session as well as;

  • Electronic handouts
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Optional: 0.3 CEUs (additional $25.00)


  • All attendees receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the Training at no additional cost. Attendees can earn non-specific CEUs from Montana State University’s Office of Continuing, Professional, and Lifelong Learning. CEUs are used to meet professional development requirements for professionals in careers such as engineering, childcare, medicine, and counseling. CEUs are an additional $25.00 per person. An email will be sent to all registrants with additional information for applying for CEUs.
  • The Center for Health and Safety Culture is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 3 total Category I continuing education hours.

Important Policies  

  • The registration fee includes a $15.00, non-refundable administrative fee.    
  • Registration closes May 11, 2021
  • Last day to cancel and receive a refund (less a $15 admin fee) is May 11, 2022 at 11:59PM (MST)
  • Final due date for registration fees is May 11, 2022 at 5:00PM (MST)
  • Cancellations that fall after the deadline will receive no refund
  • To cancel your registration, please contact Autumn Gilleard –

Frequently Asked Question

  • Who is the trainer? Dr. Kari Finley will be leading The Science of Stigma: A Training About What We Know & What We Can Do To Adress It.  Kari is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Health and Safety Culture. Learn more about Kari here!  
  • What materials should I have ready for the training? You will receive electronic handouts (via email) prior to the training.
  • How many people will be in the training? To ensure high levels of engagement, we’ve reduced our typical training size to a maximum of 50 participants.
  • I registered for the training but did not receive a confirmation email. What do I do? Please contact Autumn Gilleard (
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