UMaine Hutchinson Center announces Relational Health Certificate Program

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Belfast, Maine — A new Relational Health Certificate Program, “Promoting a Positive Workplace & Community Culture,” will be offered in six daylong sessions, Oct. 14-March 10 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. Educational leaders, executive directors, administrators, elected officials, select and school board members, non-profit leaders, human resource professionals, and those interested in developing skills to create a more positive community, are invited to register.

Participants will earn a University of Maine Certificate in Relational Health; 3.6 CEUs/36 contact hours are also available. To register contact Kim Raymond, 338.8034.

Workshop topics include introduction to relational health, creating a healthy work culture and civility, conflict resolution/management, mediation, nonviolent communication, restorative practices, critical conversations, and forgiveness.

Participants will become proficient in developing strategies to promote a positive workplace culture utilizing best practices, including learning how to create and maintain an efficient, productive and diverse team; having critical and crucial conversations; and working through difficult team dynamics.

Relational Health Certificate Program faculty and facilitators include Barbara Blazej, UMaine educator and trainer in restorative practices; Joanne Boynton, UMaine educator for Peace and Reconciliation Program; Will Galloway, Head of the Watershed School, Camden, ME; Peggy Smith, certified non-violent communication trainer and co-founder of the Maine NVC Network; Fran Sulinski, Assistant Director of UMaine Cooperative Extension and Larraine Brown, Executive Director of the Restorative Justice Project.

The Hutchinson Center, an outreach center of the University of Maine, is committed to offering high-quality professional development programs to the greater midcoast Maine community.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation: visit or contact Kim Raymond,, 338.8034.

About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s only public research university. It celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2015. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 45 other states, and 65 countries. It currently enrolls 10,922 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers doctoral degrees in 35 fields, representing the humanities, sciences, engineering and education; master’s degrees in nearly 70 disciplines; 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit