It’s Time for Counselors to Modify Our Language: It Matters When We Call Our Clients Schizophrenics Versus People With Schizophrenia
Darcy Haag Granello, PhD and Sean R. Gorby, PhD
This article highlights how language used by professional counselors and trainees requires self-awareness. The potential adverse effects of labels that equate people with a psychiatric diagnoses may foster heightened levels of stigma, including internalized stigma. This study provides the first empirical evidence for practitioners to eliminate the term “schizophrenic” from clinical practice and educational programs.
1.Consider humanistic and social justice implications of language used by professional counselors and trainees.
2.Learn why practitioners and trainees should refrain from referring to a client/student by diagnostic labels, such as ""schizophrenic"".
3.Explore alternative terminology intended to empower clients and reduce stigma.
1 NBCC Hours; 0 CRCC Hours; 1 WA Hours; 0 APT Hours; 0 NAADAC Hours; 1 NY Hours; 0 Ethics Hours