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Culture and Resilience of Farmers in Your Community --
What Health and Other Professionals Need to Know to Support the Farming Population
A 3-Part Webinar Series – October 12, 19 & 26, 2020 
Noon- 1:30 pm$15 per person for the series
 
The Delaware and Maryland Eastern Shore coastal communities’ food and fiber farm enterprises are diverse and rich with tradition. They also face challenges to their health and well-being requiring support from health and other professionals. Yet, helping professionals may not be confident in their ability to prevent or reduce impacts of stressors and increase resilience of the farming population

This three part webinar series is designed to increase participant’s familiarity with the unique characteristics, nature and culture of farmers, farming and/or farming communities. The series will build participant’s confidence in applying what they learn to resource building, outreach and network development to better serve the farming population.

Certificates of Completion will be provided after participants complete the post program survey.
Social Work CEU's will be offered for Maryland participants.

Presenters:
Alexander E. Chan        PH.D., LMFT University of Maryland Extension Specialist - Behavioral Health
Bonnie Braun                PH.D, University of Maryland Extension, School of Public Health - Professor Emerita
Maria Pippidis               AFC, FFC, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Extension Educator
Laurie Wolinski             MS, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension & Director of the Northeast Extension Risk Management                                                          Education Center


Webinar 1: Understanding and Assessing Cumulative Stress Experienced by Farm Operators, Workers and Families  Oct. 12, Noon-1:30 pm
Farmers and farm workers are diverse and yet they have in common their dedication and connection to their way of living. They are resilient and yet face ordinary and extraordinary stressors that challenge their ability to get through tough times. This session will review unique features of farming and build your skills in accessing cumulative stress with your farming clientele.
Webinar 1 Objectives-Increase familiarity with the unique characteristics, nature and culture of farmers, farming and/or farming communities. 
 -Increase knowledge of stressors that are most relevant. 
 -Explore cumulative stress and other frameworks to use in assessment of farmers’ mental health.

Webinar 2: Understanding and Addressing Loss and Uncertainty in Farming and Farm Operations Oct. 19, Noon-1:30 pm
Farming is among the most stressful of occupations in part because of the challenges of uncertainty and loss. This session will focus on understanding examples of uncertainty and loss and will review updated frameworks and strategies for communicating with the farming population experiencing grief, loss and/or uncertainty.

Webinar 2 Objectives:

-Increase familiarity with the unique characteristics, nature and culture of farmers, farming and/or their farming communities as it relates to loss and uncertainty

 -Update and modernize an understanding of the stages of grief 
 -Increase knowledge of unique features of grief that are experienced by the farming population during COVID pandemic 
 -Increase confidence in use of interpersonal strategies to address grief


Webinar 3: Understanding and Assessing the Dynamics of Farm Operations and their Families Oct. 26, Noon- 1:30 pm
Most farm operations are family businesses where work, play and life co-mingle daily. This session will review some of the unique features of farm family dynamics and the farm enterprises and provide strategies for communicating effectively when dysfunctional family dynamics is identified.Webinar 3 Objectives:-Increase familiarity with the unique characteristics, nature and culture of farmers, farming and/or their farming     communities as it relates to farm family operations and dynamics  
-Increase knowledge of common patterns of dysfunction in family communication
-Increase knowledge of positive family communication strategies
-Increase confidence in ability to initiate discussions of family dynamics within participants’ scope of work with farm families

This program is brought to you by University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, a service of the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a land-grant institution. 
This institution is an equal opportunity provider. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.


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