Monica Kramer

Monica Kramer McConkey, licensed professional counselor.

Stressors specific to the agriculture industry and helping farm and ranch youth will be the focus of a workshop that North Dakota State University Extension, Eyes on the Horizon and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture are teaming up to hold from 1 to 4 p.m. Central time Jan. 16, 2020.

This workshop is for teachers, counselors, social workers, health-care providers, faith community members, parents and anyone else who is concerned about the youth of rural North Dakota’s farm and ranch communities.

The workshop will be held via the Interactive Video Network (IVN) at sites across North Dakota. Monica Kramer McConkey, a licensed professional counselor with Eyes on the Horizon and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, will present “Supporting Farm Youth Through Understanding and Intervention.”

Workshop topics also will include adverse childhood experiences (ACES), developmental milestones in adolescence (ages 12 to 18), and the impact of stress on emotional and physical development, relationship building techniques, resources and QPR (question, persuade, refer), an emergency response to someone in a suicide crisis.

Three social work clock hours are approved for professionals attending this workshop.

Contact your local Extension office for details on an IVN site near you.

For more information, contact Kim Bushaw, NDSU Extension family science specialist, at 701-231-7450 or

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