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Bias in the Mirror: Exploring Bias in Mental Healthcare

November 30 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Bias is everywhere. Explicit biases include conscious attitudes or intentional discrimination towards certain groups. In contrast, implicit biases include attitudes or behaviours that that exert powerful influence over individuals outside their awareness. These implicit biases can perpetuate health disparities by widening inequities and decreasing trust between patients and health professionals. Despite the widespread discourse about implicit bias in healthcare, many are questioning if implicit bias training is a solution or may create unintended consequences.

Learning Objectives:

(1) Discuss the concept of implicit bias and its relevance to health professionals.

(2) Describe a model for bias recognition and management that has been empirically derived through research.

(3) Explore ways to co-create systemic change to advance equity and address injustice for vulnerable, marginalized, and stigmatized patient groups.