Professional Development

Teachers at conferenceThe Maine Autism Institute offers several options for education professionals and support staff to receive autism training through our workshops, school-based teams, and online training. In 2017-18, we are presenting all new workshops at our Professional Development Series, conducting Maine Autism Leader Training with six new school districts/agencies, offering our 2016-17 PD workshops for online training, and planning a two-day SCERTS training in May. Explore this page to learn more about these exciting opportunities!

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.

MAIER 2017-18 Professional Development Series: Registration is now open!

September 28, 2017 An OT’s Guide to Sensory Processing Katie Alexander, OTD, OTR/L  Thomas College, Waterville
September 29, 2017 An Educator’s Guide to Sensory Processing Katie Alexander, OTD, OTR/L  Thomas College, Waterville
October 19, 2017 Cancelled Accessing Evidence-based Strategies to Support Practice Courtney Angelosante, M.S., BCBA Jeff’s Catering, Brewer
November 16, 2017 Using Data to Support Decision-making (Part 1) Gretchen Scheibel, M.S., OTR/L, BCBA Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta
December 4, 2017 Using Data to Support Decision-making (Part 2) Gretchen Scheibel, M.S., OTR/L, BCBA Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta
February 15, 2018 Foundational Practices for Students w ASD (Part 1) Gretchen Scheibel, M.S., OTR/L, BCBA Jeff’s Catering, Brewer
March 22, 2018 Foundational Practices for Students w ASD (Part 2) Gretchen Scheibel, M.S., OTR/L, BCBA Jeff’s Catering, Brewer
April 5, 2018 Social Emotional Learning for Educators Elizabeth Hufnagel, Ph.D. Jeff’s Catering, Brewer
April 12, 2018 Augmentative and Alternative Communication Jennifer M. Seale, Ph.D. Jeff’s Catering, Brewer
May 10, 2018 Social Thinking 3.0 Nancy Clements, MA, CCC-SLP Thomas College, Waterville

Check our PD Calendar or click on the individual session links FMI. Maine Autism Institute professional development events run from 9am to 3:30 pm with check-in starting at 8:30am. Cost is $30/person unless otherwise noted. Contact hours are awarded upon completion of the workshop. CEUs (.6) are available with a $20 processing fee. Refunds are not provided, but substitutions are recommended if you need to cancel your registration.  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 Archive Viewing!
Hand writing on notepadDid you miss out on our 2016-17 Professional Development Workshops?  All nine of our workshops are available to view online, at the same low cost of $30 per person/ per workshop, and contact hours are available.  This Archived viewing option allows you to watch each selected workshop at a time convenient with your schedule.  Please note that Archived Viewing is a single viewing option only and content should not be shared in groups unless everyone has registered and paid for the workshop.  Register online at our secure registration site. Please note when you register for the Archived session, you must contact Donna at MAIER (donna.doherty@maine.edu) to receive the login information and password to access the PD once you have registered and paid for the session.


Welcome our new Maine Autism Leader Teams (MALT) for 2017!

Six new teams from school districts and agencies across the state will receive advanced training in evidence-based practices for working with individuals with autism.  MAIER will host six training sessions, and offer ongoing mentoring and coaching sessions to participating teams over the course of the coming year. MALT training is a result of our partnership with the Maine Department of Education to provide extensive training to school-based teams that represent educators working with children with autism. FMI about MALT opportunties see Maine’s Autism Leader Team webpage.


Special two-day SCERTS Training Opportunity in 2018!
Registration application now available.

Headshot photo of Amy LaurentMAIER is excited to announce we will be offering a special two-day training, May 3 & 4, 2018, in addition to our Professional Development Series this year. “Implementing the SCERTS Assessment Process (SAP) to Guide Program Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” will be presented by Amy Laurent, Ph.D., OTR/L, coauthor of the SCERTS model and a national trainer. This training will lead to thorough understanding of the SCERTS model and provide participants with the knowledge and skills to implement in their classrooms. Space is limited for this training, and applications are now being accepted. Registration preference will be given to those schools registering as a team (4 or more) to demonstrate a commitment to the implementation of the SCERTS model. Training will take place at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern in Brunswick, ME. Contact hours are awarded upon completion of the workshop. CEUs (1.2) are available with a $20 processing fee.

FMI about the SCERTS Model (developed by Barry Prizant and co-authors) visit the SCERTS website. This special two-day training will be offered for just $100 per person. FMI on this offering and speaker bio, see MAIER’s PD Event Calendar. To apply for this training, fill out and submit the SCERTS Training application today.

 

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