BELFAST — Registration is open for an online professional development program, Past Trauma, Current Relations: How Nonviolent Communication Helps Us Communicate, through the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

This five-day professional development program will be held April 4-8 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom. The cost is $195. More information is available on the Hutchinson Center website.

The goal of this interactive Level 1 Nonviolent Communication program is to explore how early life experiences, including traumas such as adverse childhood experiences, affect the ways adults relate to each other. In this training, participants will learn how to strengthen connections with people in/through conflict, gain an understanding of the neurological basis for reactivity and increase their ability to self-regulate. Participants from a wide variety of fields, including for-profit and nonprofit sectors, education, healthcare, criminology and social services will benefit from this comprehensive program.

Nonviolent communication is a unique and powerful process for inspiring compassionate connection and action. It provides a framework and set of skills to address a wide range of concerns, from the most intimate relationships to global political conflicts. The objective of nonviolent communication is to remind people of the profound value of human interactions, help them live from that awareness and develop their empathetic capacities.

Program facilitator Peggy Smith has more than four decades of teaching experience. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a certified trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication. A co-founder of the Maine Nonviolent Communication Network, Smith is at the forefront of bringing empathic thinking and communicating to Midcoast Maine.

A stable internet connection and the ability to participate in these synchronous sessions as they are happening is required. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, and 1.2 CEUs/12.5 contact hours are available.

For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Michelle Patten,; 338-8002. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for people who live or work in Knox or Waldo counties. For more information about upcoming professional development programs, scholarships or to register, go online. Early registration is recommended as spots are limited.

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