Webinar event date: 
oct 12, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
Webinar Presenters: 

Lauren Van Ewyk is an engaging speaker, registered social worker, foster mom and agricultural mental health advocate. She has appeared in numerous radio, television and print articles concerning the issues of adoption, foster care, mental wellness and mental health in the agriculture sector. She and her husband raise sheep in southwestern Ontario, and have developed a niche wool business that won a 2009 Regional Premiers Award of Excellence in Agri-food Innovation. Lauren works with businesses, individuals and families all across Canada to find hope and healing.


By the end of this webinar, learners will be able to:

  1. Summarize the current state of women’s mental health in the agriculture community
  2. Identify critical barriers to women accessing mental health services and how best the therapeutic community can meet the expressed needs.
  3. Identify social injustices that impact women’s mental health in the agricultural community
  4. Describe specific tools to develop a therapeutic relationship with women farmers.
  5. Identify helpful therapeutic strategies to ensure women experience empowerment and support as they seek to meet their goals

Women are involved in agriculture from leadership and ownership to supporting the farm ‘behind the scenes’ through bookkeeping and delivering field meals. The difficulties they face when things do not go the way they hope are significantly life altering. This workshop addresses not only the role women play in farming, but also the impact of stigma, belittlement of their contributions to production, and di-vorce. Using case studies, and narratives, attendees will explore practical application of skills de-signed to meet the needs of women in agriculture.
This presentation is designed for women, however non-binary individuals may also find this presentation helpful.