Group Attendees: Any number of participants
Recorded Version: Unlimited viewing for 6 months ( Access information will be emailed 24 hours after the completion of live webinar)
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that about 21% of Americans aged 18 and older experience a mental health condition. This translates to one in five adults.Included in this figure are illnesses like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Just like a physical illness or disability, mental health conditions can present real challenges in the workplace for both the worker, their supervisor, and co-workers. Oftentimes, people with mental health conditions are reluctant to disclose the presence of these disorders because of fears and concerns regarding stigma and possible discrimination. Webinar attendees will learn about the prevalence of mental health conditions and the impact they may have on the workplace. In addition to gaining a better understanding that mental health conditions are treatable, webinar attendees will learn about the effects of stigma, specifically in the work environment. Stigma and the fears about possible discrimination are some of the major concerns people have when considering disclosing the presence of a mental health condition to an employer or co-workers, despite the fact that workplace supports can mitigate the impact of a mental health condition. There is a lack of understanding about mental health conditions and the myths about these disorders continue to perpetuate stigma, which can be destructive to the workplace and employee morale. Workshop attendees will identify potentially stigma related occurrences in the workplace. Additionally, participants will identify specific features of workplaces that reduce stigma toward mental health conditions.
Joni Dolce , M.S., CRC is an assistant professor and employment consultant, providing training, consultation, and technical assistance to support the implementation of evidence based practices as well as improving workplace wellness. Joni has many years of experience working in behavioral health and rehabilitation services, as a certified rehabilitation counselor as well as supervising staff.
She has authored and co-authored several articles and technical manuals/curriculum on career services, communication techniques, and staff training and presents and provides webinars and trainings on a variety of employment related topics. She has provided intensive training and implementation consultation on a national level, including the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addictions Services, NY Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, Washington State Healthcare Authority, the Veterans Administration, and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’ (SAMHSA) Northeast and Caribbean Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC).
Joni has been invited to present to Human Resource professionals on the topic of mental health in the workplace and is listed as a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a recommended speaker on this topic. She is currently a member of the MHTTC’s Dissemination and Implementation working group and is a past President of the National Rehabilitation Association’s NJ affiliate chapter and a past Secretary of the NJ Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. Joni is a doctoral candidate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation further exploring the impact of disclosure decision making in employment.