UMaine Hutchinson Center committed to providing professional development programs to Maine’s workforce

From certificate programs to comprehensive workshops and training seminars, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center is committed to providing professional development programs to Maine’s workforce. 

Upcoming Professional Development Programs for Spring 2019 include:

The project management program is designed to maintain control over schedules and resources and assure quality results in the midst of risk and uncertainty. The program is appropriate for individuals starting out in project management as well as current practitioners.

Dates: March 22, 29 and April 5; a second date is TBD  Cost: $475 Facilitator: Jim Milliken

In this two-day mindful leadership program participants will be introduced to practical ways to bring mindfulness to daily work life. During each class participants will have the opportunity to practice various forms of mindfulness meditation, learn the core competencies of mindful leadership, and discuss with others strategies for being more calm, clear-minded and emotionally aware in the workplace.

Dates: April 5 and 26  Cost: $215 Facilitator: Mary Doyle

Develop the expertise to support your non-profit organization. This week-long program provides an intensive opportunity to acquire the knowledge and practice necessary to succeed in today’s competitive grant writing environment.

Dates: April 22–26 and June 10–14  Cost: $750 Facilitator: Jack Smith

In this program participants will learn how to relieve the stress associated with speaking publicly; become skilled in speaking with or without notes; think quickly, speak logically and engage an audience; and use the power of personalized storytelling to increase information retention.  

Date: May 3  Cost: $150 Facilitator: Tom Dowd

The goal of this interactive program is to explore how early-life experiences, including traumas such as adverse childhood experiences affect how we relate to people now. Participants will gain clarity about how the brain responds to challenging situations and will experience new insights into choices leading to authentic honest relationships.

Dates: May 6 and 7  Cost: $150 Facilitator: Peggy Smith

  • The Power of Group Work Program

The program will focus on gaining insight into therapeutic or curative factors that make groups work; appreciating the power of group work; predicting, normalizing and handling any challenges in running groups; and experiencing the effectiveness of groups as a group leader, group member and group observer.

Dates: TBD  Cost: $95 Facilitator: Wendy Rapaport

  • Restorative Practices Certificate Program

This program will be offered in the summer and fall of this year. Participants will gain techniques to build strong, connected cultures; learn problem-solving tools to reach solutions that build safer and healthier environments; practice new ways of relating to people, and organizations; and improve decision-making and leadership skills. Building connections with other professionals who are committed to living the values and principles of restorative practices is another positive outcome.

Dates: TBD  Cost: TBD Facilitators: Carrie Sullivan and Sarah Matari

  • Intimate Partner Violence Certificate Program

The two-day program, from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., is designed for social workers, substance abuse counselors and other mental health professionals, as well as clergy, police officers and first responders. A few of the following topics include: understanding Intimate Partner Violence, policy and practice of intimate partner violence intervention, understanding of clinical practices in intimate partner violence, and evidence-based risk assessment and screening.

Dates: May 9 & 10 Cost: $135  Facilitators: Multiple community organizations including the UMaine School of Social Work, Partners for Peace and New Hope for Women.

Preparation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is the focus of eight weekly classes held on Sundays, Feb. 3–Apr. 7. Taught by a local expert on college admission testing, classes will cover the math, verbal and essay portions of the test (currently in session).

Date: Feb. 3 Cost: $275–$375  Instructor: Mary Smyth

Need-based scholarships are available. CEUs are available for certificate programs.

For more information or to register online, visit or contact Diana McSorley, 338.8093;