Professional Development

Teachers at conferenceThe 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.

For 2019-20, we are presenting all new workshops at our Professional Development Series, conducting Maine Autism Leader Training, and offering our 2016-17 PD workshops for online training. Be sure to check out the sessions below and explore this page to learn more about these exciting opportunities.  Visit our PD Calendar for the most up-to-date offerings.

MAIER 2019-20 Professional Development Series

Registration in now open for our 2019-20 Professional Development Workshops! Click on the individual sessions below for session descriptions and bio information, then visit our secure online registration page to assure your space at these exciting new sessions. Sessions run from 9 am to 3:30 pm with check-in starting at 8:30am. Cost is $35/person unless otherwise noted. Registered participants will receive instructions for downloading session materials prior to event. Contact hours are awarded free of charge. CEUs (.6) are available by contacting Deborah Rooks- Ellis ( with your request. A two-week notice and $20 processing fee is required for CEUs.   Refunds are not provided, but substitutions are recommended if you need to cancel your registration. 

September 26, 2019 Social Communication Skills for Students’ Academic & Community
Sarah Howorth, Ph.D., BCBA 
Deborah Rooks-Ellis, Ph.D.
Jeff’s Catering, Brewer
October 9, 2019 Using Technology to Support Students with Disabilities Don McMahon, Ph.D. Wells Conference Center, Orono, Room location to be announced.
February 13, 2020 Using Technology to Support Students with Disabilities
Note: This is a FREE event, however, registration is required.
Sarah Howorth, Ph.D., BCBA 
Deborah Rooks-Ellis, Ph.D.
Reynolds Center Conference Room
University of Maine at Machias.
March 11, 2020 Assistive Technology Mini-Maker Fair: Developing and Supporting Communication Skills for Individuals with ASD Jennifer Seale, Ph.D. CCC-SLP Jeff’s Catering, Brewer
April 16, 2020 Keeping it Simple: Easy Tier 2 Group Strategies for Student Engagement Cary Trump, Ph.D., BCBA Jeff’s Catering, Brewer
May 14, 2020 Developing Social Connectedness : Key Component to Inclusion Terese Dana, M.S., BCBA Thomas College, Waterville
June 4, 2020 From First Words to Written Expression! Robert Pennington, Ph.D., BCBA-D Wells Conference Center, Orono

Register online at our secure registration.  Step by Step instructions for registering.   Registration closes one week prior to each event, so register early! Late registrations will be considered if space is available.

2016-17 Professional Development Series is available for Viewing Online
Hand writing on notepadDid you miss out on our 2016-17 Professional Development Workshops?  All nine of our workshops are now available to view online for free and Contact Hours are available. This Archived viewing option allows you to watch each selected workshop at a time convenient with your schedule.  Register online at our secure registration site. Please note when you register for the Archived session, you must contact Donna at MAIER ( to receive the login information and password to access the PD once you have registered for the session.

Maine Autism Leader Teams (MALT) receive extensive training to support children on the autism spectrum within school-based and early intervention teams.  Is your school team or organization interested in receiving intensive autism training from MAIER? Learn more about our Maine Autism Leader Teams (MALT), then contact MAIER by email or phone (207) 581-2352.

Graduate Certificate: 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.  FMI on this program, visit the Graduate Certificate page.

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 Jan Breton, 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.