Cultivating Resiliency 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.

The sessions are 60-90 minutes in length and include a topic for discussion followed by an interactive Q & A period.

All webinars are held at 12 noon Central Time. (Coffee chat webinars may differ)

SESSIONS ARE FREE BUT REQUIRE ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION

Register for upcoming sessions or view recordings of past sessions below.
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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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Putting It All Together

April 12, 2019
Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack

In this wrap-up session, Shauna and Brenda will summarize the information presented throughout the Cultivating Resiliency series of webinars. Time will be spent answering questions or addressing topics that were not touched on based on feedback from participants.

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Suicide and the Agriculture Way of Life: What You Need to Know

May 10, 2019
Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier, MSW

Death by suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. Living in rural areas and being in the agriculture business, brings increased risk factors. This webinar will help you identify the risk and protective factors farmers face related to suicide. It will give you tools and strategies to identify if someone you know is at risk, help you to ask difficult questions and ways to access resources to get additional support.

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Anxiety, Depression and Coping Skills

June 14, 2019
Presented by: Brenda Mack

Brenda Mack, MSW, LICSW shares the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression connected to the stressors of living a farming and ranching life. The session will cover risk/protective factors and coping skills/strategies. Case scenario examples will be used throughout the conversation. Participants are encourage to ask questions or share suggestions. Please join the session if you or someone you know is dealing with ag-related stress, worrying and/or sadness and you are looking for practical suggestions to reduce symptoms.

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Who Am I if I Am Not a Farmer Anymore?

July 12, 2019
Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack

Brenda Mack and Shauna Reitmeier address the pain and agony that farmers, family members and others in the ag industry go through when major changes happen. Examples include transition and succession planning, getting out of the agriculture business or dealing with significant health issues that change life as we know it. This session may be helpful those in a primary or secondary role in agriculture who are affected by these challenges. The presenters will address issues regarding self-identity crises, feelings of isolation, sadness and hopelessness. The session will include strategies to deal with major changes in agriculture to help cultivate hope and resilience. And, the question of “In addition to being a farmer, who am I?” will be answered.

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Navigating Tough Discussions

August 9, 2019
Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Kristine Ranger

Communication is important in every aspect of our lives. In agriculture, effective communication while farming and ranching is especially important, but sometimes we are reluctant or unable to have critical conversations — especially when we are dealing with tough topics such as farm transitions, financial situations and family working relationships. Strong communication skills are important in maintaining health, well-being and relationships.

Shauna Reitmeier and Kristine Ranger guided a two part series to learn about communication realities, our natural responses to conflict, and why we communicate and act the way we do when threatened or under stress.

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Navigating Conflict

September 13, 2019
Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Kristine Ranger

Conflict is inevitable and a normal part of life, however, people respond to conflict in many different ways. Too often, when placed in a stressful situation, our knee-jerk responses can get the best of us and damage relationships. In this session, we will delve deeper into the sources of conflict, including triggers or hot-spots, and other behaviors that illicit productive, unproductive, or even destructive responses. At the end of this part two, you will have skills, tools and strategies for navigating conflict in your everyday interactions.

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Navigating Conflict and Tough Discussions: Now What? - Applying tools and Concepts in Real-Life Situations

October 11, 2019
Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Kristine Ranger

Communication is a key factor in building and maintaining healthy farm/ranch family and agricultural business relationships. Inevitably there will be conflict and when avoided or addressed in a way that escalates the conflict it can lead to breakdowns in the relationships most important in having a successful family and/or business. Simultaneously unresolved conflict can lead to added stress, decreased health and it erodes personal resiliency to bounce back from other life stressors. This webinar will use real-life examples of conflicts within farming & ranching families and/or businesses to demonstrate how to put the tools and concepts from previous webinars into practice. You will be able to leave this webinar and begin to apply skills in promoting positive communication and navigate conflict more easily.

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Grief and Mourning: What you need to know

October 25, 2019
Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier

Farmers and agricultural communities experience grief in many ways. In this webinar participants will learn what grief is, how it is experienced and ways to work through the grieving process. Shauna Reitmeier, MSW, LGSW will share the latest best practices and research on grief and healing from grief. Shauna 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 (6) rural and frontier counties of Northwest Minnesota. Shauna grew up on a farm and is well-connected with rural communities.

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An Introduction to Suicide Prevention

November 22, 2019
Presented by: Monica Kramer McConkey

With the current difficulties in agriculture and a particularly difficult harvest season, many are concerned about their friends and loved ones.

Feelings of depression, hopelessness, and frustration are common as well as increased substance use and other negative coping strategies. It is critical that everyone have a basic understanding of suicide prevention as a way to support those around you. This webinar “An Introduction to Suicide Prevention” will cover:
1. The scope of the problem
2. Identifying individuals at risk and how to help
3. How to respond when a suicide does occur

About our presenter: Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC has 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as a child and adolescent counselor, program supervisor, and administrator. Monica grew up on a farm in Northwest Minnesota and has an intimate understanding of the dynamics that contribute to farm stress and its impact on farm families. Monica is very much in touch with the agricultural way of life.

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Effective Communication: A Strategy to Reduce Farm Stress

December 6, 2019
Presented by: Megan Roberts

It’s the time of year where many farm families and friends are getting together for celebrations. It can be easy to let farm and business discussions creep into family time, increasing stress levels.

In this webinar, we will talk about communication styles, generational differences, and how to engage in active listening techniques. Then we will make the case for why you might want to schedule important business discussions, for example, conversations about farm transition, for another time of year.

About our presenter:

Megan Roberts is a University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Ag Business Management. Her work focuses on farm transition, farm resiliency, and other risk management topics. She holds bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Minnesota and a doctorate from a joint program from Texas Tech and Texas A&M Universities. Her dissertation at Texas A&M focused on farmer emotional and financial well being. Megan grew up working on her parents’ dairy and continues to be actively engaged in farming with her husband’s family farm.
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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.