Open Access Opinion

Perpetrators and Perpetuators: Clinicians and Stigmatizing Language

Kevin Doyle*

Department of Counseling, Longwood University, USA

Corresponding Author

Received Date: May 18, 2020;  Published Date: June 30, 2020


As a longtime practitioner and counselor educator, I frequently spend time thinking about how seeming simple things like the language we use as clinicians to refer to people with mental health and substance use disorders may help contribute to the stigma that our patients and clients experience on a daily basis. In fact, I believe that those of us who should be models for how best to use non-stigmatizing language are often the worst at this simple, yet important, task.

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