UMaine Hutchinson Center graduates first relational health program cohort
Belfast — Participants of the first relational health cohort earned certificates March 17 after completing the six-month program at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.
The relational health program topics included: introduction to relational health; creating a healthy work culture and civility; conflict resolution/management; mediation; nonviolent communication; restorative practices; critical conversations; and forgiveness.
Participants came from diverse professional backgrounds including: administration, education, human resources, non-profit leadership, executive directors, board members and elected officials.
The program focused on developing skills and strategies to promote a positive workplace culture; creating and maintaining an efficient, productive and diverse team; having critical and crucial conversations; and working through difficult team dynamics.
Program facilitators included Larraine Brown, executive director of the Restorative Justice Project; Carrie Sullivan, special projects manager of the Restorative Justice Project; Joanne Boynton, UMaine educator for Peace and Reconciliation Program; Will Galloway, head of the Watershed School, Camden, Maine; Peggy Smith, certified non-violent communication trainer and co-founder of the Maine NVC Network; Fran Sulinski, assistant director of UMaine Cooperative Extension; and Barbara Blazej, UMaine educator and trainer in restorative practices.
The Relational Health Certificate Program’s Beta Cohort will begin in September. Registration is available online (https://hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu/professional-development/relational-health-certificate-program).
For more professional development opportunities at the Hutchinson Center visithutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu or contact Kim Raymond, email@example.com, 338-8034.