Registration open for program that teaches nonadversarial problem-solving skills

Registration is open for a six-session restorative practices certificate program offered concurrently from August to November at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast and Union + Co. in Bath. 

Carrie Sullivan and Sarah Matari from Restorative Justice Project Maine will lead the course, which is part of the Hutchinson Center’s professional development program. Sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 20–21, Sept. 25, Oct. 29–30 and Nov. 19. 

Cost is $650 per person. A light breakfast and catered lunch are included. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Upon completion, participants will earn a certificate in restorative practices and 4.2 CEUs/42 contact hours.

Participants will learn about nonadversarial problem-solving tools to reach solutions in moments of conflict that go beyond deescalation and build safer, healthier and more equitable environments. 

Systematic use of restorative practices can leave participants and the people they interact with feeling connected to positive, resilient and accountable communities. Educators, parents, school administrators, health care providers, social workers, police officers, municipal workers and nonprofit workers can benefit from restorative practices.

For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Michelle Patten, 207.338.8002, Visit the Hutchinson Center website to learn more about upcoming professional development programs, to register online, or to apply for a need-based scholarship. Early registration is recommended as spots are limited.