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Free online class: Caring for the Mind

Woman with sign, "Accept mental health as part of our life experience"
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The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR) is pleased to offer a free online consumer health class: Caring for the Mind: Providing Reference Services for Mental Health Information beginning on Monday, December 17, 2012 and concluding on January 20, 2013. Nikki Dettmar, Education and Assessment Coordinator, will be facilitating the course which is asynchronous, meaning you can access it anytime via a private website during the class session. Please sign up at the registration link. Priority will be given to people in the Pacific Northwest Region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) but all are welcome to apply for the class.

Participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries, the best consumer health resources to consult, and best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons. The class has been updated to include current perspectives of mental health in public libraries as well as resources for mental health related to the current tough economic times.

Participants successfully completing the course will receive 3 Medical Library Association continuing education contact hours that can be applied to their Consumer Health Information Specialization –


4 Responses to “Free online class: Caring for the Mind”

  1. Stephen Karr Says:

    Do I have to be a U.S. resident to take this course?

  2. Nikki Dettmar Says:

    Thank you for your question, Stephen! I have edited the post to include our priority registration area, but all are welcome to apply and will be included if space is available.

  3. Darcy Says:

    How do we apply if we are not US citizens? It will not let me enter a postal code in lieu of a ZIP. Thanks,


  4. Nikki Dettmar Says:

    Thanks for your question Darcy, we’ve had Canadians successfully register by entering the postal code in as 00000. If that doesn’t work, please feel free to email me at snydern at uw dot edu.