UMaine Hutchinson Center offers program on group strategies in education, health and mental health

News Release

Aug. 4, 2017
Contact: Diana McSorley, 338.8093,

UMaine Hutchinson Center offers program on group strategies in education, health, and mental health

Belfast, Maine — A one or two-day professional development program, “Group Strategies in Education, Health and Mental Health,” will be offered Sept. 14 and 15, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., in Belfast.

The program benefits participants interested in maximizing group work skills, including educators, health care workers, clergy, social workers and mental health professionals. Through cognitive and experiential learning, participants gain an understanding of — and a commitment to initiate — group work practice in professional settings.

Workshop facilitator and clinical psychologist Wendy Rapaport, PsyD, LCSW, is a faculty member at the University of Maine Graduate School of Social Work and the University of Miami School of Medicine – Diabetes Research Institute. For more than 30 years, she has specialized in individual, marital, family and group therapy for patients with diabetes. Rapaport also has conducted workshops on adult play therapy using humor to cope with chronic illness. Rapaport has published more than 30 articles and book chapters, and she lectures nationwide. She was awarded the National Health Information Award for her book, “When Diabetes Hits Home: The Whole Family’s Guide to Emotional Health.”

Participants have the option of attending one or two days of the program. A fee of $95 per person per day or $175 for two days; $50 per day or $95 for two days for UMaine students is required at the time of registration for the program. Need-based scholarships are available.

For more information, to register or to request a scholarship application or an accommodation: visit or contact Diana McSorley,, 338.8093.

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.

About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land grant university, with research and community engagement classifications awarded by the Carnegie Foundation. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 63 countries. It currently enrolls 11,219 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral degrees, 85 master’s degrees, and more than 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 campus-wide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards. For more information about UMaine, visit