This session focuses on engagement advocacy. Panelists will discuss community-based partnerships and research efforts that reduce mental health treatment barriers with underserved groups. Mental health care stigma continues to present social and cultural barriers to wellness, increasing the need for community-based advocacy work and involvement of researchers focused on promoting the work of counselors. Presenters will discuss practical ways to engage with communities to promote lasting change.
Participants will be able to engage in meaningful community-based advocacy efforts.
Participants will learn the importance of community-based partnerships and research on the efficacy of those partnerships.
Participants will understand that mutual benefit between attention to community needs, reduction of mental health stigma/promotion, and the normalization of counseling as an important part of wellness/healthcare.