T-SPL talks trauma

Last fall, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library hosted several programs to create awareness and educate the public about the opiate epidemic in Seneca County. Through the conversations that took place at these events, the library identified additional ways we could connect the community to needed information and resources.

We created a resource area in the library with free brochures, pamphlets and legal resources. There are materials on alcohol and substance abuse as well as crisis hotline contact information and listings of local mental health services and support groups. We prepared lists of books about addiction and other sensitive subjects and where those items can be located in the library.

Still, we felt the need to do more. In response to the growing number of families providing kinship care, the library partnered with staff from several local agencies to host programs to assist these families. The Kinship Care series provided information on legal issues, emotional/behavioral well-being, navigating the educational system, and financial resources.

The library also started a new series called “T-SPL Talks.” The purpose of these programs is not only to inform, but, more importantly, to encourage people to have conversations with each other. In January, a long-time law enforcement official presented information to parents about online safety, cyber bullying and internet crimes against children. In March, adults and teens gathered to talk about underage drinking and traffic safety. They also used alcohol and marijuana impairment goggles to simulate impaired driving.

The next T-SPL Talks program will be about trauma. Traumatic events, especially those experienced during childhood, can have lifelong effects. Learning more about trauma helps us to better understand how it can affect behavior at school, at work, and in social situations. Fortunately, we also can learn strategies to help build resiliency in others–or even ourselves.

Andy Swaisgood, a life enrichment and outreach specialist at Wood Lane Residential Services, will present T-SPL Talks: Trauma 101. This program is geared toward the general public and will give an overview of sources and types of trauma. He will discuss the impact trauma can have on the brain, body, behavior and decision-making. In addition, he will talk about the Trauma Informed Care approach.

Multiple research studies have shown the single most important factor in overcoming childhood trauma and adversity is having a caring, stable relationship with an adult. Most of us can probably name at least one adult who filled that role in our lives. Please join us at the Trauma 101 program to learn more about what you can do to fill it in someone else’s.

Trauma 101 is to take place Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Frost Kalnow Room at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library. The program is free, and no registration is required.

For more information about this event and additional resources, please come to the library or call (419) 447-3751.

Trinity Lescallett, adult services manager at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.