Professional Development

A caucasian woman professional leading a training meeting with a diverse audience of educators and professionals (all masked for covid safety)Due to public health concerns associated with COVID-19, MAIER will not be offering in-person professional development workshops until further notice. However, we are pleased to offer options for professional development with our new 2020-21 online workshops and our archived workshops that you can access by using the easy online registration forms.

The Maine Autism Institute offers several options for education professionals and support staff to receive autism training from national and state experts and presenters, through our workshops, school-based teams, webinars, and online training. Bookmark 2020-21 Professional Development Opportunities for the most up-to-date offerings.

PEERS® Friendship Skills Boot Camp now available!

3 young adults chattingWe are pleased to announce the launching of the PEERS® Friendship Skills Boot Camp! This self-paced training module, presented by UM Faculty Dr. Sarah Howorth, is a free online training module that is recommended for families and professionals who support teens and young adults with autism. Read more about this exciting new offering from MAIER and register to participate on the Friendship Boot Camp Webpage.

MAIER 2020-21 Professional Development Webinars

We are pleased to offer our Professional Development Series 2020-21 as online webinars you can access at your convenience. Click on the individual 2020-21 PD sessions listed in the left sidebar for session descriptions and speaker bio information, then register using the corresponding online registration forms for these sessions. Contact hours for these sessions are awarded free of charge. Please note when you register for each workshop, you will receive login information to access the workshop within 1-2 business days. If you do not receive access information after two business days, contact Kaitlin at MAIER (

New for April: Registration is now open for our April PD Webinar, “Helping Your Teen Work Towards Independence as an Adult: A Mother and Son Perspective.” Learn more about the session by clicking on the link above, then register online here. Registrants will receive login information within 1-2 business days after registration.

MAIER Professional Development Series is Now Available for Viewing Online

view of hand of professional in front of a laptop holding a pen ready to right in one hand and typing on laptop with the otherHave you missed out on any of our previously offered Professional Development Workshops?  Many of our past PD workshops are available to view online at no cost and Contact Hours are available. This archived viewing option allows you to watch each selected workshop at a time convenient to your schedule.  Register online using MAIER’s online registration form. Please note, when you register for an archived session, you will receive login information to access the workshop within 1-2 business days. If you do not receive access information after two business days, contact Kaitlin at MAIER (

Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

The University of Maine offers graduate courses leading to a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders for Educators, Administrators, and related service providers seeking advanced education for leadership roles in educational programming for students with ASD.  For more information on this program, visit the Graduate Certificate page.

Be sure to visit MAIER’s Professional Resources and Research webpage to learn more about the work at MAIER and find additional resources to support your work with children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum.

Maine Department of Education logoThe Maine Department of Education provides significant support and funding for the activities and outreach of the Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research. Special thanks to Erin Frazier, Director of Special Services Birth-20, Maine Department of Education, for her ongoing support for this project. To learn more about this unique partnership, see the “About Us” tab above.