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VISN 5 MIRECC - EASE-ing Self-Stigma Resources


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EASE-ing Self-Stigma Resources

Self-Stigma is the harm caused when people start to define themselves by the stereotypes they are exposed to. It interferes greatly with wellness, recovery and treatment. EASE is a 90 minute program for all staff in practical ways you can help people you serve reduce or avoid the effects of self-stigma.

What is EASE? | How can I access EASE? | Who can offer EASE? | EASE Materials | EASE TMS Training | Contact Us

What is EASE?

EASE is a 90 minute program designed to be useful to all mental health staff, all disciplines, levels, and positions, to refresh our knowledge about stigma and its harmful effects and to learn practical strategies we can use to help the Veterans we work with be resilient in the face of common stigmatization of mental health problems.

EASE strategies employ four principles, from which it gets its name: Education, Awareness, Shifting perspective, and Empowerment.

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How can I access EASE?

You may access all materials you’ll need to deliver EASE yourself to your colleagues by clicking on the links below. We do encourage you to let us know you are using EASE because we may have additional resources that would be useful to you.

We are also available to deliver EASE to your staff or meeting, assuming schedules and travel arrangements can be worked out. Please contact us if you would like to explore this possibility.

Contact the EASE Team at: or
410-637-1874 (Ralf Schneider).

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Who can offer EASE?

We designed EASE to be facilitated by anyone who is:

  • Skilled at delivering skill-building workshops
  • Knowledgeable about working in mental health settings
  • Familiar with stigmatization of mental illness and ways to decrease its harmful impact

No particular professional position, experience level, or mental health discipline, required.

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EASE Materials

To deliver EASE, you will need:

  • The EASE Presenter’s Guide, which is a detailed outline of the 90 minute workshop, with slide cues, suggested timing, instructions, tips and comments to consider.
  • The EASE Slide Set, which will need to be projected while giving the workshop. If projection is impossible, a copy of the slides should be given to each attendee.
  • The EASE Handouts, are used at different points during the workshop (as noted in the Presenter’s Guide). All attendees should receive copies of the handouts.


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EASE TMS Training

EASE-ing Self-Stigma: Strategies to Help Individuals Address Self-Stigma in Inpatient Units (VA31253)

Inpatient mental health staff and leaders are striving to implement the recently published inpatient mental health handbook and inpatient mental health recovery checklist via the utilization of the inpatient mental health tool-kit. This recording of the live didactic webinar provides support to field staff and leaders as well as others involved in this effort to promote recovery oriented interventions on inpatient units. The webinar focuses on understanding stigma and self-stigma and their potential impact on an individual’s recovery and details principles and practices that can be used to minimize self-stigma and its effects and promote recovery. Presenters: Amy Drapalski, PhD and Jason Peer, PhD. This course is accredited for ACCME, ACCME-NP, ANCC, AOTA, APA, ASWB, NBCC, NYSED SW

You may access this recording on TMS using the course code VA 31253

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Contact Us

If you have Questions or Comments about EASE or related topics please contact the EASE team via: or

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We want to thank Clare Gibson, a psychologist at the Baltimore VAMC, for developing the initial version of this workshop while she was a VA Psychosocial Rehabilitation Fellow in VISN-1. And Jason Peer, a VAMHCS Local Recovery Coordinator, for his work on it as well. Principles behind this workshop come from many sources, drawn together in the “Ending Self Stigma” work of Drs. Amy Drapalski and Alicia Lucksted of the VISN-5 MIRECC.

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