Cultivating Resiliency Webinars

Cultivating Resiliency for Women in Agriculture Webinars


Raising awareness of farm stress is important, but offering some tools to help weather the stress is critical. 
This new interactive online series sets out to help women in agriculture cultivate resiliency by focusing on what they can control in these challenging times and connect them with resources and information that can help them weather stress.

Series one will consist of six interactive sessions that will be 90 minutes in length and include a topic for discussion and then an interactive Q & A period.  All webinars are held at 12 noon Central Time.

SESSIONS ARE FREE BUT REQUIRE ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION

View recordings of past webinars below, or register for upcoming sessions.
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PAST SESSIONS:

Impact of Farming and Ranching Stress for Women 101

December 14, 2018
Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack

In this session, Shauna and Brenda will define and discuss farming and ranching stress that may be affecting women in agriculture. The presenters will address possible outcomes of excessive worrying and hopelessness. Dealing with stress in healthy and healing ways will be highlighted.

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Self-Care Tips to Help Reduce Stress

January 11, 2019
Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack

In this session, Shauna and Brenda will provide a brief overview of how stress affects our health and well-being. Exploring self-care practices as an option to deal with worrying and stress will occur. Participants will learn about a practical tool to build and implement an individualized stress-reduction plan. The importance of connecting with others as part of self-care will also be addressed.

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You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup - How Do You Fill It Up to Support Yourself and Others?

January 25, 2019
Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack

In this session, Shauna and Brenda will share how stress, when not addressed, can deplete farming and ranching women’s energy and their ability to effectively keep up with their responsibilities. Participants will learn ways to manage stress and come up with ways to prioritize to keep energy high and meet many demands.

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Building and Maintaining Relationships in Stressful Times

February 8, 2019
Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack

In this session, Shauna will share the importance of relationships in farming and ranching lives. Ways to initiate, maintain or improve communication with spouses, family members, neighbors and community members will be discussed.

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Increasing Your Joy and Happiness While Living a Farm Life

March 8, 2019
Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack

In this session, Shauna and Brenda will focus on increasing joy and happiness in your farm life. Self-compassion, random acts of kindness and expressing gratitude are practical ideas that will be further explored to bolster positive feelings.

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PRESENTERS

Brenda Mack

Brenda Mack

Brenda Mack is a behavioral health and human services consultant, trainer and presenter, and an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at Bemidji State University (BSU). Brenda is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Her dad was a third-generation Red River Valley crop farmer and her mom was his partner in marriage for 50 years and helped run their agricultural operations. Her husband, Trent, is a fourth generation crop farmer. Brenda has a special place in her heart for women in agriculture and wants to spark a conversation about the impacts of stress, building resilience, and self-care strategies.

Shauna Reitmeier, MSW

Shauna Reitmeier, MSW, has over 20 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare and cognitive disabilities fields. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Northwestern Mental Health Center, which serves a comprehensive array of behavioral healthcare services to adults, children and families across six rural and frontier counties of Northwest Minnesota. Her background of growing up on her family’s two-generation farm, working the fields during harvest, and experiencing the stressors and joys the agriculture way of life brings has brought awareness and insight to her work within the communities she serves.