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Trauma and Wellness: Tools for Caring for Ourselves as We Care for Others
An Infopeople Online Learning Course
|Fee per learner||$175.00|
Course Instructors: Leah Esguerra & Elissa Hardy
The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized many cracks in our society's system. A pandemic, ongoing racism, climate change, and more has led to an increase in social issues and placed a larger burden on public service agencies, including libraries. Library workers not only have to manage these issues in our own lives, but also find the capacity to support our communities too.
Despite these facts, humans continue to be resilient and persevere in the face of these adversities. This course will teach attendees about trauma, and how understanding this helps to identify ways to create a personalized wellness plan.
By the end of this course learner will:
- Define trauma and understand the varying types of trauma.
- Understand the science of trauma.
- Understand the pandemic's impact on already existing trauma.
- Identify the different ways public service staff are affected by community trauma.
- Identify the link between societal trauma and the need for their own wellness.
- Identify wellness goals and be able to set them with measurable objectives.
- Develop and create a customized wellness plan
Course Description: This three-week course will include two interactive online sessions:
- Thursday, September 1, 10-11:15am Pacific time
- Thursday, September 8, 10-11:00am Pacific time
Please make every effort to ensure that you are able to attend these two meetings before enrolling in the course. If this is not possible, archived recordings will be made available.
In addition to the scheduled sessions, the instructors will provide resources, best practices, and guided activities in order to lead attendees in identifying wellness goals and setting them with measurable objectives.
Course Outline: When you log in to the Infopeople online learning site, you will see weekly modules with these topics:
- Week 1: Understanding trauma
- Week 2: Bridging our understanding of trauma with the importance of our own wellness
- Week 3: Developing and Creating your Wellness Plan
Time Required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend 2 ½ hours per week, for a total of 7.5 course hours. Each week's module contains various options for activities, discussions, or online meetings. You can choose the options most relevant to your work and interests. Although you can work on each module at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night, it is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
Who Should Take This Course: All library workers—frontline staff, managers, and library directors who would like to learn about resources to support personal well-being for themselves and for staff.
Are you a member of ARSL or do you work in a tribal library? If so, you may be able to sign up for a free seat in this course. Limit is five free seats per course. Make your request here and if a free seat is available you will be notified.
Keywords: trauma, resilience, wellness