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Supporting Farm Youth through Understanding and Intervention

Supporting Farm Youth through Understanding and Intervention

This free, 3-hour workshop provides an overview of the stressors unique to growing up on a farm and equips attendees to support adolescents in stress.

The farm economy of the last few years has been difficult and destructive for farm families. The downturn doesn’t just affect the financial and emotional well-being of farm and ranch owners; it impacts family members as well. Children and adolescents may be living in tense situations with little ability to make sense of what is going on around them.

Rural communities often lack resources for youth experiencing family stress and/or crisis. It is critical that people who work with farm kids develop the knowledge and skills to understand, support, and intervene on their behalf in times of stress.


Teachers, school counselors, school administrators, 4-H leaders, FFA advisors, youth pastors, social workers, mental health professionals, health care professionals, and others who work with farm youth.


July 22, 2019, 9 to 12 noon         July 25, 2019,  9 to 12 noon

Willmar, MN                                    Detroit Lakes, MN

Ridgewater College                        Minnesota State Community & Technical College

FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION: https://supportingfarmyouth.eventbrite.com


  • Learn about the complex and unique personal stressors common in farming today.
  • Learn about the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study, typical developmental milestones in adolescence, and how stress affects emotional and physical
  • Explore relationship-building techniques and
  • Learn about resources your community.
  • Be trained in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), an emergency response to someone in a suicide


CEUs:  Participants will receive certificates of attendance. We’ve requested CEU approval from Minnesota Boards of Social Work and Behavioral Health & Therapy. Teachers, nurses, pastors, and others are responsible for determining whether this workshop meets their profession’s certification and licensing requirements. 



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 intimate understanding of the dynamics that contribute to farm stress and its impact on farm families.

*The Minnesota Rural Education Association has also scheduled the workshop as part of its Annual Conference in November.

If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event please contact Stephen Moser at 651-201-6012 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 711 as soon as possible.


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