GELS: Unlocking the Principles of Trauma Informed Services in the Library (Part I)

GELS: Unlocking the Principles of Trauma Informed Services in the Library (Part I)

Join us in the first part of our two-part webinar we delve into the guiding principles of traumainformed services tailored specifically for library settings. In this session, we will explore the core concepts of safety, trustworthiness and transparency, and peer support. This session will emphasize the role these guiding principles have in creating a secure environment for library staff and patrons, understand their significance to foster trust within the community and recognize the importance of building a healing-focused library community. Through interactive scenarios and hands-on activities, this webinar will equip library staff with the tools needed for day-to-day implementation of trauma-informed services.

Recording & Slides:

This program will be recorded. The recording and slides will be made available on the GELS Trauma Informed Services Libguides page. (Please allow up to five business days for recording to be posted.)

Who Should Come:

This workshop is perfect for anyone who work directly with the library public.


This webinar will be captioned. If you require another access service to participate fully, please use the Accommodation Request Form at least 7 days prior to the event.


Beatriz De La Espriella is a licensed clinical social worker and mental health expert in anxiety, stress, and trauma. Beatriz works with individuals and libraries to improve the mental health and well-being of library staff, so they can feel empowered to serve their community and thrive personally and professionally. She provides training and coaching to libraries on traumainformed services, mindfulness, self-care, and more. Beatriz developed a Trauma-Informed Services Professional Development Curriculum that highlights the prevalence of trauma and provides library staff with essential skills to recognize and respond to trauma. Beatriz launched the “Empowered, Confident, and Thriving: A Mental Wellness Program for Library Staff'' that focuses on promoting mental well-being by practicing self-care, building resilience, and gaining the tools and strategies needed to navigate life’s challenges. Beatriz earned her MSW from Rutgers University and her Trauma Informed Professional Certification from Barry University.

Related LibGuide: GELS: Growing Equitable Library Services by Kymberlee Powe

Friday, April 5, 2024
10:00am - 11:00am
Beatriz De La Espriella
DLD Online Webinar
Registration has closed.

Event Accessibility for Guests with Disabilities

We want to provide what you need to participate!

If you require access services to participate fully, please use the Accommodation Request Form at least 7 days prior to the event.

If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact Gail Hurley at or (860) 704-2223.

You can also see our Library and Accessibility LibGuide for more information.

Registration Eligibility

To register for a DLD workshop or webinar, you must be one of the following:

  • current library staff member
  • undergraduate or graduate library student
  • Friend or Board Member/Trustee*
  • retired or unemployed library staff

Please contact Gail Hurley at or (860) 704-2223 with registration questions.

*Unless otherwise specified that a Friend or Board Member/Trustee is not eligible for a training or workshop.

Note: paid consultants are not eligible to attend DLD workshops or webinars.

Cancellation Policy

If you cannot attend a workshop you have registered for, please remember to cancel at least 3 days in advance so we can give your spot to someone else. You can cancel via the link in your confirmation email, or by contacting Gail Hurley | (860) 704-2222.

Those who miss (without cancelling) 3 events within a 6-month period will be placed on the waiting list when registering for future events. Be sure to sign in when you arrive for any workshop.

Inclement Weather Policy

For all in-person workshops offered by the CT State Library, Division of Library Development:

If the public schools in the town where the workshop is to be held close due to weather, the workshop will be canceled. If the schools have a delay, the workshop will go on as scheduled.

For the most up-to-date information, call us at 860-704-2200.

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Continuing Education workshops and the professional development collection are funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.