Self-Care for Library Professionals: Addressing Stress, Burnout, Vicarious Trauma, and Mental Health Needs

$200.00

Dates: October 7 - November 3

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Library professionals are grappling with unprecedented levels of stress in their jobs due to such issues as book challenges, reduced funding, staff shortages, and high-needs patrons to name just a few. The impact of chronic stress on one’s mental and physical health is well-established, as is the risk of burnout, vicarious trauma, and the development of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD. This course will provide library staff from all library types with the tools to better understand the importance of self-care and the guidance to begin and maintain an effective self-care plan. The course facilitator offers a unique background in being a second career librarian with over 20 years of experience as a master’s level clinical psychologist. She is the author of the chapter, “Distinguishing Depression from Burnout: Implications for Impactful Interventions for Long-Term Improvement”, in Academic Librarian Burnout: Causes and Responses.

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1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

Library professionals are grappling with unprecedented levels of stress in their jobs due to such issues as book challenges, reduced funding, staff shortages, and high-needs patrons to name just a few. The impact of chronic stress on one’s mental and physical health is well-established, as is the risk of burnout, vicarious trauma, and the development of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD. This course will provide library staff from all library types with the tools to better understand the importance of self-care and the guidance to begin and maintain an effective self-care plan. The course facilitator offers a unique background in being a second career librarian with over 20 years of experience as a master’s level clinical psychologist. She is the author of the chapter, “Distinguishing Depression from Burnout: Implications for Impactful Interventions for Long-Term Improvement”, in Academic Librarian Burnout: Causes and Responses.

Dawn Behrend

Dawn BehrendDawn Behrend is an Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she serves as the liaison for psychology, counseling, mathematics, computer science, and business and manages the library’s social media platforms. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Library Science. Ms. Behrend has worked for 20 years in North Carolina as a Licensed Psychological Associate and is a second career librarian. Ms. Behrend continues to work in private practice where she completes psychological evaluations in addition to her work as an academic librarian.  

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