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As service providers, producers and farm workers in farming, fishing, and logging industries, we know how stressful these careers and lifestyles can be. We are in the unique position to support the success of our neighbors, family members and clientele, because we understand the uniqueness of their motivations, concerns and wellbeing. While we are strong in many areas, often we are not so confident in our ability to have supportive conversations that will improve decision making, build on their strengths, and address tough topics. You may be unsure about what to say when working with those who are burned out or stressed. The focus of this training series is to strengthen skills and confidence in your ability to use proven communication tools to reduce all types of risks and build resilience in your community members and their enterprises.

This 4-part webinar series will provide an overview and model the Confident Conversations Curriculum developed by University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and colleagues in the NE. The series will be offered Wednesdays in June from 1-2pm EST.  The session on June 7 will offer an overview of the materials while the remaining sessions will model each of the 45-minute lessons. We'll wrap up each session with a discussion about implementing the materials with your audiences. Register here:

Participants will:
ยท Increase knowledge and skills for effective communication techniques that facilitate positive and productive conversations. This will include appreciative inquiry; improv techniques and the impact humor can have on mental wellbeing;
ยท Increase knowledge about mental health, stress and stigma, and the impact these have on producers and their families;
ยท Increase knowledge of mental health resources and the Confident Conversations programmatic resources;
ยท Increase capacity to address mental health and build resilience in operations and the family within their communities.

This material was developed as part of the FRSAN-NE/Cultivemos grant funding and was developed in collaboration with Extension Educators in the Northeast region.

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