Hutchinson Center presents two-day training on intimate partner violence March 12-13

Feb 09, 2020

Belfast — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center, in partnership with New Hope for Women of Rockland, will offer a professional development program, Intimate Partner Violence, March 12 -13 at the Hutchinson Center on Route 3.

The two-day program, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, is designed for social workers, substance abuse counselors and other mental health professionals, as well as clergy, police officers and first responders. The fee is $150 per person; $60 per University of Maine student, with need-based scholarships available. A continental breakfast and catered lunch will be provided each day.

The program provides 12 contact hours and include the following topics: foundations of domestic abuse, addressing the lasting impact of domestic abuse, intervention strategies of domestic abuse and trauma-informed and culturally competent responses to domestic abuse.

Note that, as of Jan. 1, an applicant for social work license renewal must demonstrate a one-time successful completion of the equivalent of 12 hours of continuing education or coursework in family and intimate partner violence.

Training facilitators include Kelly O’Connor and Jesse Lucas of New Hope for Women.

As New Hope's education and outreach director, O'Connor oversees violence prevention programs. She previously worked for the Carter Center in South Sudan, and Oxfam America in Boston. O’Connor has a master’s degree in international human rights and humanitarian assistance from the University of Denver. Her specialties include South Sudan and sexual-gender-based violence in armed conflict.

Lucas, New Hope's community-based advocate, is responsible for advocacy and outreach in Waldo and Knox counties. She holds a bachelor’s degree in women and gender studies from the University of Southern Maine. Lucas started her career as a helpline volunteer an intern at New Hope for Women.

For more information, to register, or to request an accommodation or scholarship application, contact Michelle Patten, 338-8093 or, or visit


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