Penobscot Bay Pilot, VillageSoup advance Hutchinson Center program on intimate partner violence

The Penobscot Bay Pilot and VillageSoup advanced a professional development program about intimate partner violence, to be held 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. May 9 and 10 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast in partnership with New Hope for Women of Rockland. The program is designed for social workers, substance abuse counselors and other mental health professionals, as well as clergy, police officers and first responders, the articles state. The program fee is $135 per person or $60 for UMaine students, with need-based scholarships available, and includes continental breakfast and catered lunch. The program will provide 12 contact hours, and will cover topics including foundations of domestic abuse, addressing the lasting impact of domestic abuse, intervention strategies, and trauma-informed and culturally competent responses. For more information, to register or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Diana McSorley, 338.8093;