Six interactive, online sessions continue into April

    A new interactive online series is setting out to help women in agriculture cultivate resiliency by focusing on what they can control in these challenging times and help connect to them with resources and information that can help them weather stress.

    Raising awareness of farm stress is important, but offering some tools to help weather the stress is critical. This project has brought together American Agri-Women, District 11 Agri-Women, University of Minnesota Extension – Women in Ag Network and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) to work on this effort. Funding is provided by a UMASH grant.

    Series one will consist of six interactive sessions that will be up to 90 minutes in length and will include a topic for discussion (approximately 40-45 minutes) and then an interactive Q & A period for the remaining time. Sessions are free and you may sign up using the links below or by going to the www.americanagriwomen.org/webinars page. If you cannot make the sessions, all sessions will be recorded and posted on the American Agri-Women website. Participants who register for the sessions will remain anonymous.

    These sessions are free but do require online pre-registration via a computer or mobile device. Registration links are included with the information for each session that follows. Once you register you will receive information on how to join the session via your computer, mobile device or phone. For those with poor internet service you may decide phone is your best option.

    Sessions will start at noon Central time. If you are joining via computer or mobile device and it is your first time attending an online session it is wise to give yourself additional time to sign in. It is suggested that you sign in 10-15 minutes before the session is to start the first time. If you are calling in via phone five minutes should be adequate.

About the presenters

    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 (6) 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.

    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 through the Minnesota Board of Social Work. 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. Brenda has many fond memories and examples of lessons learned from growing up in a farm family, so, it was no surprise when Brenda married Trent who is a fourth generation crop farmer from Crookston, MN. Brenda and Trent proudly support each other in all aspects of their lives. Brenda has a special place in her heart for women in agriculture who have a primary or secondary farming or ranching role. She walks the same path of ag-related ups and downs and wants to spark a local, state and national conversation about the impacts of stress, how to build resilience through connection, and implementing self-care strategies.

The sessions

    • Cultivating Resiliency Webinar Session One

    Date: Friday, December 14, 2018 at 12 noon CST

    Title: Impact of Farming and Ranching Stress for Women 101 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. Be prepared to ask questions or make comments and the presenters will respond.

    Register at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1561887448665213954

    • Cultivating Resiliency Webinar Session Two

    Date: Friday, January 11, 2019 at 12 noon CST

    Title: Self-Care Tips to Help Reduce Stress Self-Care Tips to Help Reduce Stress Presented by: Brenda Mack

    In this session, Brenda Mack 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. Be prepared to ask questions or make comments and the presenter will respond.

    Register at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6468029278081233922

    • Cultivating Resiliency Webinar Session Three

    Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 at 12 noon CST

    Title: You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup - How Do You Fill It Up to Support Yourself and Others? Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier

    In this session, Shauna Reitmeier 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. Be prepared to ask questions or make comments and the presenter will respond.

    Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4979822697701263107

    • Cultivating Resiliency Webinar Session Four

    Date: Friday, February 8, 2019 at 12 noon CST

    Title: Building and Maintaining Relationships in Stressful Times Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier

    In this session, Shauna Reitmeier 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. Be prepared to ask questions or make comments and the presenter will respond.

    Register at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4914233530579355905

    • Cultivating Resiliency Webinar Session Five

    Date: Friday, March 8, 2019 at 12 noon CST

    Title: Increasing Your Joy and Happiness While Living a Farm Life Presented by: Brenda Mack

    In this session, Brenda Mack 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. Be prepared to ask questions or make comments and the presenter will respond.

    Register at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3549806670718728961

    • Cultivating Resiliency Webinar Session Six

    Date: Friday, April 12, 2019 at 12 noon CST

    Title: Putting It All Together

    Presented by: Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack

    In this wrap-up session, Shauna Reitmeier and Brenda Mack 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. Be prepared to ask questions or make comments and the presenter will respond.

    Register at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/656524285598359809

    After registering for any of the sessions, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.