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Stigma Discrimination and Mental Illness: Does it Matter?
Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 5:30pm to Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 7:30pm

"No group in society has been so painfully stigmatized as people with physical and mental disabilities. Moreover, many people who wholeheartedly oppose stigmatization based on race or sex or sexual orientation feel that some sort of differential treatment is appropriate for those who are different by 'nature.'"
-Martha Nussbaum

Presented by Multnomah County Department of Human Services, Portland State University's Department of Philosophy and Graduate School of Social Work:

Stigma Discrimination and Mental Illness: Does it Matter?

Richard Warner, B.M., D.P.M., British psychiatrist who has helped direct the global campaign for the World Psychiatric Association Programme to Reduce Stigma and Discrimination Because of Mental Illness. Dr. Warner is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado. He is the author of Recovery from Schizophrenia, The Environment and Schizophrenia, and Social Inclusion of People with Mental Illness, co-authored with Julian Leff.

James Boehnlein, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, OHSU, and Education Director, Veterans Administration Northwest Network Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC).

Kevin Bowers, Community Justice Manager, Parole and Probation, Mental Health Unit, Multnomah County Department of Justice.

Beckie Child, Advocate for mental health system transformation.

Gabrielle Glazer, Reporter at the Oregonian where she writes about the intersection of medicine and culture.

Bob Joondeph, JD, Executive Director of the Oregon Advocacy Center.

Mark Kaplan, Dr.PH, Professor of Community Health, Department of Community Health, PSU.

Kathie McCoullough, M.S., Corrections Counselor with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Department.

David Pollack, M.D., Medical Director for the Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the Oregon Department of Human Services, and Professor of Psychiatry, Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Associate Director of the Public Psychiatry Training Program, OHSU.

Judge Steven A. Todd, Multnomah County Circuit Court

Program Directors:
Patricia Backlar is research Associate Professor of Bioethics, Department of Philosophy, Portland State University; Senior Scholar, Center for Ethics in Health Care, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Bioethics, Department of Psychiatry, OHSU. Backlar was a commissioner on the National Bioethics Advisory Commission. She is the author of The Family Face of Schizophrenia, and editor of, with Dr. Cutler, Ethics in Community Mental Health Care: Commonplace Concerns. David Cutler, M.D. is medical director, Mental Health and Addiction Services.


When: Thursday, April 27 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Where: PSU Smith Center, Rm. 296/8 (1825 SW Broadway)

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