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2021 Elevating the Conversation
Friday, February 26, 2021, 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM MDT
Category: Annual Meeting

2021 Elevating the Conversation


Perception is Everything: Implicit & Explicit Bias In Mental Health

Friday, February 26, 2021

9:00AM - 12:15PM MST


Regular Attendee: $70.00
Student: $30.00 

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

Deadline to Register: Thursday, February 25, 5:00PM MST





9:00AM - 10:30AM: Program
10:30AM - 10:45AM: Break
10:45AM - 12:15PM: Program


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, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services in March of 2020, with responsibility and oversight of the public community-based mental health, intellectual and other developmental disabilities, substance use, and traumatic brain injury system in North Carolina. Prior to accepting this role, Victor spent six years as Vice President of Behavioral Health with Atrium Health. Based in Charlotte, NC Victor had responsibility for operations of Atrium’s largest behavioral health hospital, Behavioral Health Charlotte (BHC). The BHC campus contains the southeast’s only psychiatric emergency department, staffed 24/7 with board certified psychiatrists, as well as 66 inpatient beds, and 10 outpatient programs. Victor has over 30 years of experience in human services, primarily dedicated to building and strengthening community resources to serve individuals living with mental illness. ‬‬‬‬‬‬

 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.



Sponsorship Opportunities

Does your organization want to directly help to #ElevateTheConvo on suicide awareness, prevention and support? Consider becoming a sponsor for this year’s Elevating the Conversation on February 26, 2021!

Partnering Sponsor - $500.00

Supporting Sponsor - $250.00


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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.