In addition to the informal Peer Support provided at the farm, Growing Veterans also offers a formal accredited Peer Support training program.
Peer Support Training
Growing Veterans formal Peer Support training is a hands on learning experience, developed by veterans and mental health care professionals – for veterans, civilians, mental health providers, businesses, and organizations committed to the wellness of veterans. The three day training in-person workshop has been accredited by the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMCHA) and is eligible for 20.5 CEU’s.
Learning objectives include recognizing and understanding the symptoms, causes and cycles of PTSD and Transition Stress. Using nationally recognized best practices for Peer Support, participants learn to facilitate healthy conversations and outcomes, reduce peer isolation and develop tools to create a network of peer support.
Growing Veterans’ Peer Support Training is an evidence-based program that uses best practices as identified by DCOE as essential to successful military/veteran peer support programs. The evaluation indicates overwhelmingly, attendees reported the GV PST to be a powerful, transformative and positive experience.
The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America. For this target audience, “success” may be defined by many parameters, including: gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation; access to appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities; evidence-based information related to the treatment and rehabilitation of disabling conditions; and targeted support for family caregivers of AgrAbility customers. AgrAbility addresses a wide variety of disabling conditions in agriculture, including, but not limited to:
This two part blended online and instructor led course has been designed by the Food Safety Preventative Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in collaboration with the FDA. It is a course recognized by FDA at present in meeting their requirements. By successfully completing this course, you will meet the requirements as a FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Person who can manage a food safety preventive controls program in accordance with the Hazard Analysis and Preventive Controls Rule of the US Food and Drug Administration
Farmers work under multiple stressors; and COVID19 puts extreme demands on already challenging times. Presenters will share considerations for farm operations in an emergency, tips to help plan for contingencies, and tools to develop plans with your support networks.
3:00 Welcome and Introductions, and purpose of the call
Carrie Backman, Wahkiakum County Extension Director
3:05 Emergency Preparedness:
Strategic Emergency Management Concerns
Continuity of Operations and Recovery planning
Michael Gaffney, Assistant Director, WSU Extension and CED Unit Director
3:20 Farm Contingency Plans
Susan Kerr, WSU Livestock and Dairy Extension Specialist, Professor Emerita
3:35 Taking Care of Farm and Community: Tips from a Farmer and Epidemiologist
Mark Schmidt, epidemiologist and farmer, Blue Skies Farm