Free Webinars

We offer monthly webinars on a variety of topics designed to help you take charge of your health and wellbeing. Webinars are free but registration is required.

To make disability-related accommodations, please contact the Bakken Center's community relations office ([email protected], 612-625-8164).

Upcoming Webinars

Integrative Nursing Webinar | Chief Wellbeing Officer Role within Veterans Health Administration

Wednesday May 8, 2024 12 to 1:00 p.m. Central

The content of the webinar is designed for nurses. Other health professionals are welcome.

This session led by nurses in the Chief Wellbeing Officer (CWO) Role will discuss the position in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The speakers will explore how this role contributes to the wellbeing of clinicians and the overall organizational health. They will also discuss the support mechanisms that are necessary for executing these strategies in the field, so that the wellbeing initiatives can truly make a difference in the lives of healthcare professionals.

Participants can earn 1.0 continuing nursing education contact hours.

Bakken Center Mindfulness Programs Information Session

Tuesday, May 21, 202412 to 1:00 p.m. Central

This webinar led by Bakken Center Mindfulness and Wellbeing Instructor Mariann Johnson will provide an introduction to mindfulness meditation and will be particularly relevant to those new to the practice or simply curious about the possible benefits of a mindfulness practice. Participants will have an opportunity to practice a short mindfulness meditation, to share their experiences, and to ask questions. Examples will also be provided for practicing "everyday" mindfulness, at work and at home. The webinar will conclude with an overview of the Bakken Center's mindfulness resources and programming.

Swipe Right On You! Social Media and Your Mental Health with Kit Breshears

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 • 12 to 1 p.m. Central
In 2023, about 60% of the world’s population – or nearly 4.8 billion people – were active users of social media. According to DataReportal, a typical user spends about 2.5 hours on social media every day. Throughout an average lifetime, that number can add up significantly and amount to several years spent on TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and more.

How will you spend that time, and how will social media impact your mental health and wellbeing?

In this webinar, you’ll learn about the fundamentals of social media, why we sometimes behave differently online than we do in person, and why empathy and mindfulness may be keys to developing more harmonious social media habits and behaviors. Additionally, we’ll explore the influence social media has on your cognitive abilities and mental health, how social media impacts relationships, and how you can impact your community using social media.

Five Practices for Living Fully with Catherine Duncan, MA, BCC

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 • 12 to 1 p.m. Central

What does it mean to be fully alive? Catherine Duncan in her book, "Everyday Awakening", explores three life changing events and the five practices learned. Life is the ultimate continuing educator. Realizing and living our true life is a sacred gift we all deserve. This webinar will explore what it means to live from the inside out - body, mind, and spirit - and to feel vibrantly alive. 

Integrative Nursing Webinar | Climate Conversations: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Health Professionals in Minnesota

Wednesday, June 26, 2024  • 12 to 1 p.m. Central

The content of the webinar is designed for nurses. Other health professionals are welcome.

Health professionals are the most trusted voices in our society, yet many are not prepared with climate knowledge to help our patients and communities adapt. This talk will cover the findings of two research studies led by the Minnesota Department of Health and provide summaries, tools, and next steps to engage the public to promote adaptation to the health impacts of climate change.

Participants can earn 1.0 continuing nursing education contact hours.

Wellbeing Series 2024 | The Impact of Trauma on Health and Wellbeing and How to Heal featuring Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH

Tuesday, October 1, 2024 • 12 to 1:30 p.m. Central
This webinar is approved by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching for 1.5 continuing education units (CEA-000431-1).
Award-winning physician, researcher, and public health leader Nadine Burke Harris is dedicated to serving vulnerable communities and combating the root causes of health disparities, which includes understanding the link between trauma and health outcomes. Research shows that early traumatic experiences can cause a prolonged stress response that ultimately leads to an increased risk of diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. As California’s first-ever Surgeon General, Dr. Burke Harris helped guide the state’s COVID response by successfully launching a first-in-the-nation statewide effort to train over 20,000 primary care providers on how to screen for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and respond with trauma-informed care. In this talk, she will  outline evidence-based practices you can adopt to regulate the biological stress response and improve health outcomes. Not only will you understand the impact of trauma on health and wellbeing, you will know how to heal.

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