As libraries move to more interactions rather than transactions, developing Trauma-informed care (TIC) approaches incorporate key principles to ensure that direct service and organizational supports are attentive to how trauma affects individuals and communities. By developing trauma-informed service systems, organizations such as libraries can implement care approaches that address the lived and stated needs of staff, providers, and people seeking services. Participants will identify how to facilitate TIC strategies to mitigate the impact of traumatic stress by developing an understanding of the signs and symptoms of trauma, barriers and challenges to care provisions and ways to enhance empathic engagements. Participants will develop personal and organizational self-care strategies and ways to sustain TIC into the organizational culture and practices.
This workshop will be online. Registrants will be emailed with the Zoom link one day prior to the meeting.
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Caroline Sharkey is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and Program Coordinator/Clinical Supervisor for the TILT (Trauma Informed Library Transformation) program at the Athens Public Library in Athens, Georgia. She has 24 years working with youth, families, and communities to address trauma in the fields of education, social work, and community development. She has led trauma-informed organizations, trained agencies, and facilitated more than 350 community and professional presentations. Caroline is currently pursuing her doctorate in social work at the University of Georgia.