(Online) Engaging Your Critical Thinking Skills

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Given the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, upcoming elections and social uprisings, the ability to communicate rationally and clearly is more important than ever. Critical thinking skills can help!

This online professional development program can help ALL of us learn to connect with each other through rational thought, diffusing emotions and learning to discern facts from opinions.

Critical thinking can improve your ability to make decisions, solve problems, advocate for a cause and communicate more effectively in your personal and professional relationships. All you need is an open mind, your natural curiosity and a willingness to step back and reflect.

Critical thinking is not a mysterious trait or an intellectual bag of tricks, but a skill that anyone can learn. It is a combination of powerful skills, ideas and practices that can help you be more effective in all your communications.

This online professional development workshop consists of two meetings where we will learn and practice every aspect of critical thinking in a fun and supportive atmosphere. On the first day, we’ll learn about each element of critical thinking and practice them with each other. In the second meeting, we’ll dive deeper into each aspect and combine them into your own complete, customized toolkit. During the time in between classes, you’ll be given some fun activities to do on your own. The optional third “bonus” class is a further opportunity to ask questions or continue to practice your skills.

This program is being offered by the UMaine Hutchinson Center and the UMaine Business School.



October 23 & 30
9 a.m.–1 p.m. (Eastern Time)

(Optional) Bonus session: November 6
10 a.m.–Noon


PROGRAM BENEFITS                                             

Through participating in this online course, you will learn to:                                                            

  • Generate creative solutions to difficult problems and collaborate to find solutions
  • Present your perspective clearly and powerfully while supporting others to do the same
  • Make clearer decisions that stand up over time
  • Identify assumptions behind an argument
  • Discriminate between facts and arbitrary statements



This online professional development workshop will benefit those in social and human services, businesses of all types, government officials, students, and anyone with a desire to achieve greater effectiveness and satisfaction in their communications.

The online format of this course makes it possible for participants from across the globe to participate. A stable internet connection and the ability to participate in these synchronous sessions as they are happening is required.



Terry Porter Headshot Black and WhiteTerry Porter, Ph.D.
Terry Porter is Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Maine, where she taught business strategy and sustainability in the Maine Business School for 13 years. Dr. Porter also holds an MA in Clinical Psychology and is a certified mental health counselor. She has over thirty years’ experience as a teacher, counselor, coach, guide and facilitator.




Need-based scholarships for Knox and Waldo County residents who plan to use the skills gained in the course to benefit their community. More information about need-based scholarships is here.

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



Live via Zoom (course runs synchronously)






.75 CEUs

Certificate of completion for completing the entirety of this 7.5-hour course


For more information or to request an accommodation contact Michelle Patten, Conference and Professional Development Coordinator, um.fhc.pd@maine.edu; 207.338.8002.