Helping People Change: The Power of Groups

Wendy Rapaport

A professional development program, “Helping People Change: The Power of Groups,” will be offered this spring, date TBD, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., in Belfast.

The program benefits professionals interested in maximizing group work skills, including educators, healthcare workers, clergy, social workers and mental health professionals.

“Group work is alive and well.” says program presenter Wendy Satin Rapaport, “Its part in helping people change is powerful as it serves as a source of motivation and follow-through in health and mental health care.”

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. The value of humor in group work also will be a focus.

Rapaport is a licensed clinical psychologist on the faculty at the University of Miami School of Medicine Diabetes Research Institute and the UMaine School of Social Work. She also is in private practice in Boca Raton, Florida, and has specialized in individual, marital, family and group therapy for 40 years. A professional writer, Rapaport has published more than 65 articles and lectures around the country. She was awarded the National Health Information Award for her book, “When Diabetes Hits Home: The Whole Family’s Guide to Emotional Health.” Additional books authored by Rapaport include “Approaches to Behavior: Changing the Dynamic Between Patients and Professionals in Care and Education,” “On the Couch with the ‘Good Enough’ Poet” and “Friendship Matters: memoir, life lessons, laughter.”

A fee of $95 per person; $50 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 a reasonable accommodation, visit or contact Michelle Patten, 338.8002;