Workshops and trainings are scheduled periodically and developed based on input from CHNA 18 members. Training is designed to enhance and strengthen the work of individuals, organizations and communities and address program content and capacity building topics.
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RECENTLY COMPLETED WORKSHOPS
Announcing our latest workshop for library staff: How to help library patrons with mental health issues! Presented by Jon Mattleman Where: Needham Library When: October 30th, 2019, 9:00-11:00 Cost: Free This workshop is specifically designed for library staff. If you are interested, please reach out to our director, Jhana Wallace, at email@example.com. As you well know, public libraries are vibrant places these days with more than just the books that defined libraries of past generations. Today, libraries provide public computer access, loan DVDs and CDs, host book groups, house cafes, and so much more. With all these changes, staff in public spaces like a library are increasingly called upon to respond to a wide range of patrons, including those with mental health and other challenges. It is not unusual for library staff to encounter people who are homeless and to observe patrons who are depressed or self-harming, anxious, disruptive, and have other issues that can be distracting and troublesome to staff and other patrons. The objectives of the training are:
Better understand the range of mental health issues, presented by patrons, that might affect a library setting;
Discuss and identify ways to take action in a variety of scenarios to keep all patrons and staff safe; and
Gather library staff together to share the training experience and support one another.
Overview of Mental Health Training Director explains why the training is happening today, and how the town has used Jon in the past for trainings on mental health. Jon also explains why this training is happening, objectives for today, and his experience in working in Wellesley and for other towns. Overview of Mental Health Disorders and Behaviors That Might Be Observed in a Library Setting a. Mood Disorders (e.g. depression, bi-polar) b. Self-Injury (e.g. suicide, self-harm) c. Anxiety (e.g. generalized anxiety disorder, panic attack, PTSD) d. ADD and ADHD e. Pervasive Developmental Disorders (e.g. Asperger’s, Tourette’s) Small Group Discussions Break into groups of four to six people each. Consider, discuss, and brainstorm approaches to the scenario provided. Each group will have a different scenario. One or more group members will need to take notes of the discussion and the small group will report back when the large group reconvenes. Video and Discussion View and discuss the importance of developing your skill set to meet the needs of library users. ABOUT JON MATTLEMAN