This series of webcasts educates the news and entertainment media about the best terminology and language to use, as well as how to accurately portray individuals with substance use disorders.
SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment webcast series, “The Power of Language and Portrayals: What We Hear, What We See,” aims to help change the way substance use disorders are talked about in news and entertainment.
With support from the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., the webcasts target television and radio producers, screenwriters, entertainment journalists and authors for a discussion on the best language to use when discussing substance use disorders. The webcasts will also discuss how to improve the portrayal of characters with these conditions and promote a healthier presentation of these topics, free of biased and discriminatory overtones.
The series begins in February 2017 and topics include:
Trauma and Peer Engagement – airs February 9, 2017
Treatment & Recovery – Research to Practice – airs March 23, 2017
Inside Treatment and Recovery – a Look at the Transition – airs April 27, 2017
Substance Use Disorders and other Health Related Issues in Primary Care – airs June 8, 2017
For more information go to: https://www.samhsa.gov/power-language-portrayals/about
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – January 10, 2017