(Online) Past Trauma, Current Relationships: Integrating Nonviolent Communication and Interpersonal Neurobiology

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The goal of this lively, interactive Nonviolent Communication 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.


Please sign up for our wait list to find out about the next time this program is offered.



This dynamic online program will be offered synchronously via Zoom—you’ll need access to a stable internet connection. Participation is encouraged. This is NOT a pre-recorded program.

The Hutchinson Center has a limited number of computers (and plenty of Wi-Fi to go around). If you’d like to participate virtually via the Hutchinson Center, please request support via the form here.


PROGRAM BENEFITS                      

Participants in this program will learn how to:

  • Strengthen and build connections with people, even in/through conflict.
  • Use neurobiology to understand what’s happening in our bodies when we’re reactive, and how to increase our self-regulation capacities.
  • Be a constructive person, partner, parent, community member, coworker, and citizen.



The comprehensive program will benefit participants from a wide variety of fields, including for-profit and nonprofit sectors, education, healthcare, criminology and social services.

Many people who have participated in this program find that it benefits their personal lives in addition to their professional lives (and vice versa).

Not sure if this program is right for you? Contact us at um.fhc.pd@maine.edu or 207.338.8002 and we can help you figure it out.


photo of Peggy Smith

Peggy Smith, M.A., (she/her/hers) has more than four decades of teaching experience. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a certified trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication. A co-founder of the Maine NVC Network, Smith is at the forefront of bringing empathic thinking and communicating to the midcoast Maine region. Since 1991, Smith has studied with Zen teacher and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh and is a dharma teacher within his tradition. Smith lives in Lincolnville, Maine and greets the day watching the sunrise over Islesboro. Learn more about Peggy Smith here.




Click here for more information about paying for your professional development, including information about need-based scholarships, group discounts and tips on how to get your employer on board.

Current UMaine students are eligible for a 20% discount. Use code STUDENT20 at checkout.



20 participants



12.5 hours / 1.2 CEUs are available.

Certificate for completing the entirety of this course

Learn more about Continuing Education Units here.

This course is considered a Level 1 Nonviolent Communication training.


For more information or to request an accommodation contact um.fhc.pd@maine.edu; 207.338.8002.

"This program has encouraged me to stop, pause, and check-in with myself before responding—to name the feelings and needs that may be present—before rushing to communicate. It was super helpful." past participant