Live Professional Workshop: Library/Social Work Collaborations: A Mutually Beneficial Way to Address Community Needs

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Presented by: Presented by: Beth Wahler, PhD, MSW, Founder, Beth Wahler Consulting. 

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Library and social work collaborations are growing across the US and globally, and with good reason, as psychosocial needs have increased while the social safety net has simultaneously decreased in many communities. This presentation will cover recent research on the growing psychosocial needs of library patrons, how patrons are using their library to address psychosocial needs, and how these needs have shifted libraries' roles and increased staff stress and trauma. Information will be presented about how social work partnerships are used to complement public library services and address the psychosocial needs of library patrons while also increasing support for library staff. Examples will be shared of successful library and social work collaborations to address patrons' needs, support staff, and improve community capacity to address psychosocial needs. The presentation will end with suggestions for social workers and libraries wanting to begin a new collaboration to meet staff, patron, and community needs in their local areas.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain how public libraries’ roles have recently changed.
  2. Define ways that library/social work collaborations are currently used to address patrons’ psychosocial needs.
  3. Identify ways they can initiate a collaboration with their local public library.
Approval Statements:

Psychologist Statement: Sheppard Pratt is authorized by the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a sponsor of continuing education. Sheppard Pratt takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CE activity. Sheppard Pratt designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 contact hours for Psychologists.

Social Worker Statement: Sheppard Pratt is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners of Maryland to offer continuing education for Social Workers. Sheppard Pratt takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CE activity. This activity is approved for 1.5 contact hours in Category I credits for Social Workers.

Counselor Statement: Sheppard Pratt has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5098. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Sheppard Pratt is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. This activity is available for 1.5 NBCC clock hours.