Ruth Knutson asks, "Do you fully understand how to love authentically and move on from difficult situations?"
Ruth Knutson is a devoted mother of five and grandmother of four who has been married to her husband Ron for 37 years. After her children were well on their way in school, Ruth courageously started college, earning her degrees in addiction counseling and social work. Ruth’s professional experience includes working with families and individuals who are dealing with the disease of addiction.
Ruth says, "Forgiveness is not easy, but holding onto anger and resentment prevents us from the personal growth that truly gives us peace and joy."
Her fearless and forgiving spirit has inspired many to live their lives with more grace, humility, and kindness. Drawing courage from her faith, she shares her message of forgiveness and hope for us all.
Ruth's presentation will equip you with tools to open your heart and mind, leading to deeper and more meaningful relationships. Join Ruth to learn how to move forward, ready to share the gifts of forgiveness, kindness, and compassion.
Emily Vasey teaches women how to use their bodies as a tool for health. Learn how to integrate more activity into your day with simple, but effective exercises that you can do on your own with minimal equipment.
Daily exercise is one of the best ways to impact the quality of our lives. Get inspired to fit more activity into your daily routine. Start to see setbacks and challenges as stepping stones to becoming stronger and more courageous.
Emily Vasey is the owner of EMPower Wellness Training, a fitness studio in Bismarck. Emily’s love of fitness started at a young age. She grew up doing cartwheels, flipflops, and climbing up anything that was high enough for her to flip off.
Because of a back injury suffered in gymnastics, she spent many high school and college years trying different types of treatment to alleviate pain. Massage therapy helped the most. Since then, she has become a licensed massage therapist, an ACE certified personal trainer, health coach, and sports conditioning specialist.
Whether it’s leading a fitness class, holding an individual personal training session or offering massage therapy services; her mission is to empower you to make a change in your life towards better health. For Emily, feeling empowered means being classy, sassy, and a little bit bad-assy.
Sandy Thompson helps family members identify five key steps to find relief from the impact of a loved one’s substance abuse on their lives.
According to the Substance Use in North Dakota Data Book 2017, 62.1% of our high school students reported using alcohol in their short lifetimes, 30% of adults report binge alcohol use in the last 30 days (national average is 24.7%) and 88% of North Dakota (ND) adults believe that adult alcohol use is a problem in their community.
While alcohol remains the most misused substance in our state we are also experiencing a large increase in the misuse of pain medications (opiates) and illegal drugs such as heroin.
Addiction is a family disease that puts stress on relationships in the family, impacts the stability of the home, diminishes family unity and negatively affects overall family dynamics. Substance use negatively impacts children, spouses/partners, parents, friends and co-workers/employers.
Family members whose lives have been impacted by substance use many times have endured similar interruptions in their lifestyle just as the person who uses substances. Unfortunately, they tend to be forgotten when it comes to services to help them cope and recover.
The most common services available to assist those who have been impacted by another’s substance use have been individual counseling, family counseling, 12 step community support groups like Al-Anon and if you have been lucky enough to have your loved one in a treatment program you have most likely been offered education and support by the staff at that treatment facility. A new and exciting approach designed specifically to help those impacted by substance use is Family Recovery Coaching.
Sandy Thompson is no stranger to addiction having several family members who are or have struggled with their use of substances. This led her to earn a bachelor’s in addiction studies from Minot State University. She became a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) and has worked in that field since 1991.
In 2017 she started Path to Pono, where she specializes in family recovery coaching and leadership, and workforce development. Her personal and professional experience provide a valuable background as she assists families who seek their own recovery from addiction in their family.
At the Women's Health Conference, Sandy will help family members learn how to recognize the signs of addiction, how they are often impacted by substance abuse, and the many pathways to recovery.
If you’ve felt lonely, angry, resentment, unbearable grief, broken, scared, ashamed and hidden these feelings from yourself and others with an escape, an addiction, or have ever lied and said, “I’m fine,” when it isn’t, you are not alone.
It’s a simple, but powerful gift to realize you are not alone in your feelings. That another human has faced similar horrible emotions, has spun stories of unworthiness, and felt unbearably judged.
The Women’s Health Conference invites you to add Gennon Doyle’sLove Warrior to your summer reading list. We love Glennon for her audacity to face and share her brokenness and write about her long journey to be and feel real. Her experiences, while may not exactly mirror our own, inspires us to feel. Her writing is a gift and invitation to touch our pain, lean into and learn from it.
Read Love Warrior. Think about it. Cringe through her stories. Savor her language. Rejoice in her self-discovery. Then bring Love Warrior to your book club, prayer group, sisterhood, running group and talk.
Discuss what the book brings up for you, how you relate to the experiences Glennon shares. Think about when you’ve sent a “representative” to show up for you. How the roles described mirror the roles you’ve accepted or rejected? How does pain mask and un-mask the self? Where does Glennon find healing?
To help you unpack her story (and maybe yours too) find a few reading guides here:
Glennon Doyle is the author of Love Warrior, a 2016 Oprah's Book Club Pick; the founder of the online community Momastery; and the creator of the nonprofit Together Rising. Glennon is speaking at the Women’s Health Conference September 11, 2017.