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RESILIENT Workshops: Self Care, Self Defense & De-escalation

The RESILIENT Workshops will support and empower library staff and improve library resiliency in the preparation, response, and recovery phases of an emergency or disaster in their libraries or communities.

Resources for Libraries

Stress Management and Self-Care Webinar, Dr. Karla Vermeulen, May 7, 2020

Psychological First Aid Webinar, Dr. Amy Nitza, May 21, 2020

Webinar Recording - Self-care, Self Defense & De-escalation

Attend the webinar - for all library workers

Workshop 2: Self Care, Self Defense & De-escalation Self-Care, Self-Defense, De-escalation
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Time: 10:30am-12pm
Location: Online Via Zoom
Trainers: Karla Vermeulen & Amy Nitza, Institute for Disaster Mental Health, SUNY New Paltz

Front-line library staff encounter a range of attitudes and behaviors from patrons, mostly good, but sometimes – not. Emergencies (from the personal to the pandemic) add even more stress to daily interactions. This webinar will cover ways that library staff can take care of their mental and emotional health and will offer practical strategies for staying safe while diffusing antagonistic or threatening behavior in the library.

Dr. Amy Nitza is the Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz.  She is a psychologist who specializes in providing mental health training in academic and non-academic settings both nationally and internationally, with an emphasis on disaster mental health and trauma recovery.

Karla Vermeulen, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health and an Associate Professor of Psychology at SUNY New Paltz, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in disaster mental health, grief counseling, and developmental psychology.

This event is free and open to all library workers.
All participants will receive a certificate for CE Credit


The RESILIENT Workshops and related materials are organized and presented by Southeastern New York Library Resources Council with a Health Information Outreach Award from the National Library of Medicine during 2020/2021.
Developed resources reported in this project are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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