A Librarian's Guide to Providing Library Services to Patrons with Mental Disorders and Improving Self-Care

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It is estimated by the National Alliance on Mental Health that 1 in 5 people in the United States, from adolescents to elderly adults suffer from a mental disorder, which - for many - causes a barrier to learning. Because this leaves librarians in all settings and institutions likely to encounter patrons with mental health needs, all in the profession would benefit from learning more about common mental health disorders and needs. This course is built to help you better and more confidently address the needs of your public who may have noticeable mental health issues.

As a second career librarian with 20+ years of experience as a clinical psychologist, the course instructor, Dawn Behrend, is uniquely positioned to assist librarians in better understanding their role in supporting and servicing patrons with mental health disorders as well as developing techniques for engaging in self-care to prevent burn out and improve well-being.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand common mental disorders
  • Manage challenging patron behaviors and provide crisis intervention
  • Analyze and improve library policy to better meet the needs of patrons with mental disorders
  • Create programming and outreach events to raise awareness about mental disorders
  • Develop a network of community resources to link patrons to available services
  • Establish effective self-care techniques for librarians to improve their own wellness

Target Audience:


Homework Expectations and Completion Requirements:

  • Students will participate in class discussions and complete individual assignments.
  • It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

Technical Requirements:
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Session Duration:
This course consists of four 1-hour sessions.

Instructor: learning@amigos.org

Contact Hours: 4

January 8 - 29, 2020

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST

Online Classroom
United States

Phone: 800-843-8482

Amigos Member Individual Registration $165.00
Non-member Individual Registration $220.00