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2021 Elevating the Conversation
Friday, February 26, 2021, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM MST
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2021 Elevating the Conversation


Perception is Everything: Implicit & Explicit Bias In Mental Health

Friday, February 26, 2021

9:00AM - 12:00PM MST

Victor Armstrong, MSW


Early-Bird Registration (now until January 31, 2021):
Regular Attendee: $50.00
Student: $20.00

Regular Registration (February 1 - February 25, 2021)
Regular Attendee: $70.00
Student: $30.00 

CE Pricing: $45.00 for CPA Members and Non-Members 




Program Level: Introductory

CEs Available: 3.0


Description: Provider bias, whether implicit or explicit impacts the way we interact with patients. Understanding our own biases, in addition to understanding and acknowledging systemic health disparities, including  socioeconomic challenges experienced by communities of color, enhances our ability to engage in patient centered interaction. In this session Victor Armstrong will discuss the historic challenges of historically marginalized communities as it pertains to mental wellness and suicide, while also discussing the impact of implicit bias and provider perception on the delivery of behavioral healthcare.


Learning Objectives 

  1. Analyze the impact of historical biases in the structure of mental health practices and identify how these biases affect inequity in service delivery for diverse populations today.
  2. Assess clinical concerns related to the impact of mental health related stigma in historically marginalized communities and identify strategies to overcome barriers to care.
  3. Apply personal and professional self-reflective practices that contribute to a greater understanding of implicit bias and its impact in the workplace. 

Speaker: Victor Armstrong, MSW

Victor Armstrong joined North Carolina DHHS as Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, andresponsibility , with Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services in March of 2020based mental health, intellectual and other developmental -oversight of the public communityPrior to accepting this disabilities, substance use, and traumatic brain injury system in North Carolina.Based in .ral Health with Atrium Healthrole, Victor spentsix years as Vice President of BehavioCharlotte, NC Victor had responsibility for operations of Atrium’s largest behavioral health hospital, the southeast’s only psychiatric contains Behavioral Health Charlotte (BHC). The BHC campus 66 inpatient beds, and as well as staffed 24/7 with board certified psychiatrists, emergency department,Victor has over 30 years of experience in human services, primarily dedicated . 10 outpatient programsliving with mental illness. ding and strengthening community resources to serve individualsto buil

Victor currently serves on the board of directors of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) NC and was recently named to serve on the board of directors to the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). He is also former board chair of NAMI NC, and member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Victor is a former member of the Board of Directors of National Council for Behavioral Health, i2i Center for Integrative Health, and RI International.

Victor’s awards and recognitions include 2019 Black Mental Health Symposium -Mental Health Advocate of the Year, 2019 Atrium Health Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award, 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from East Carolina University School of Social Work, Pride Magazine 2018 "Best of the Best", and i2i Center for Integrative Health 2018 Innovation Award for "Whole Person Care", 2012 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NC, Mental Health Professional of the Year.

Victor graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and received a Master of Social Work (MSW) from East Carolina University. He is the husband of Dr. Charletta Armstrong and the father of 3 sons, Carter, Alonzo, and Victor Jr.



The Colorado Psychological Association (CPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.