Public Event: Transforming Stigma to Compassion: Reconnecting to the Person

Public Event
Thursday, November 16, 2023, 7:00-8:30 PM
Transforming Stigma to Compassion: Reconnecting to the Person
Shawn Fisk
Educator, facilitator and ON-BPD Board Member

Advance Registration: Advance Registration is required using this link:


Those who experience BPD know that there are levels of stigma created by discrimination around this disorder. Additional layers of stigma also occur when they co-experience substance use disorder. All too often we forget the person in all of this. We don't consider the lived experience perspective when we are digging for solutions, practicing helpful language or applying therapeutic interventions.

This event is a follow-up to Shawn's previous presentation entitled "Concurrent Disorders: Ethics and Stigma in Borderline Personality Disorder and Substance Use Disorder". Join him for an immersive and interactive conversation held in a fireside chat format. Shawn will frame parts of this talk and a group of panelists will fill in the content with their questions, thoughts and experiences. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask him questions through chat.

About the speaker

Shawn FiskInformed by lived, living, and professional expertise, Shawn is a passionate educator, clinician, facilitator, and public speaker.

As a subject matter expert and informed by more than 20 years of experience with substance use disorder, Shawn provides guidance and training in systems stigma navigation, person-first language, substance use health, mental health, self-determination, compassion and allyship.

This Public Lecture is free of charge and open to all.

The Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder, a registered charity for family members and caregivers, acknowledges with gratitude the past support of the Ottawa Community Foundation and the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund in making ON-BPD public lecture events possible.