Texas Association of Psychological Associates
Representing All Masters-Degreed Psychology Professionals in Texas

Rural Psychology
   Free Farm Responses Training

​The agricultural industry has one of the highest percentages of death by suicide and rural areas have a higher percentage of suicides compared to urban areas. To address this, the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) is partnering with AgriSafe to provide free professional development training for behavioral health professionals in Texas. This FarmResponses training (a 3.5-hour continuing ed module) will teach you to identify signs of stress and provide help to your clients and their families who are experiencing stress due to employment in the agricultural industry.

      FarmResponse provide knowledge that is critical to effectively care for a farmer’s total health. You will learn about cultural competencies and improve your understanding of the stressors and the behavioral health landscape that affect agricultural producers, workers, and their families. FarmResponse is free, on-demand, and learners will receive a continuing education credit certificate and an electronic badge to add to their signature line/marketing materials.

Registration is free through the end of September, 2022!

       Complete the request form via the following link. Once done, you will receive your free code via email with instructions on registering for the course:

LINK: Submit an inquiry form to take FarmResponse for free!   

       For further information you may view the AgriSafe webpage: FarmResponse.

        We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to better understand and help agriculture workers and producers and thank you for all you do for Texans and their mental health!

Best regards,
Trish Rivera | Rural Health Specialist

State Office of Rural Health | Trade & Business Development

Texas Department of Agriculture | 1700 N Congress Ave | Austin, Texas 78701

State Office of Rural Health

            Responding to Violence
             in Rural Communities

Review the information below for information, guidance, and suggestions for how to respond when tragedy occurs in the wake of violence in our communities.
  • Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event: resources include tips for survivors of disasters or traumatic events.
  • General information on responding to incidents of mass violence: provides suggestions and guidance for addressing incidents of mass violence.
  • Tips for Parents and Families living in communities affected by mass violence
  • Disaster Behavioral Health Resource Center: includes resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for meeting the unique needs of children and adolescents in and after disasters. 
Also see the following to support children, youth, and adults work through trauma and move toward healing.
  • Help Kids Cope App
  • Resilience and Coping Intervention (RCI)
  • Pause-Reset-Nourish (PRN) to Promote Wellbeing
Disaster Distress Helpline: call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.
The following resources are specifically available en Español.
  • Helping Youth After a Community Trauma: Tips for Educators (En Español)
  • Talking to Children: When Scary Things Happen (En Español)
  • Talking to Teens about Violence (En Español)
  • For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence (En Español)
  • Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers (En Español)
Source: The Partnership Center (HHS)