Mediation & the Art of Conflict Transformation professional development program to be offered in June

Belfast, Maine — Registration is now open for a five-day professional development program, Mediation & the Art of Conflict Transformation, offered June 14–18 from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The fee for this in-person program is $850, and includes catered refreshments and lunch.

 

Strict social distancing and other COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place. For those interested in continuing education credits, 4 CEUs and 40 contact hours are available.

 

The program explores the basic premises, practices and policies of mediation and conflict transformation. Understanding the underlying assumptions regarding conflict, reflecting on the nature of conflict, and acquiring communication skills and strategies are essential topics of the course. In addition, this program fulfills the requirements to serve on the Maine Court Alternative Dispute Resolution roster.

 

Participants will also explore the applications and extensions of the Transformative Mediation model as it applies to the workplace, town planning, schools and family conflict. This program is ideal for attorneys, board members, educators, school administrators, social workers, town planners and concerned citizens.

 

Instructor Will Galloway offers over three decades of experience working in the field of conflict transformation. He has served as a court-appointed mediator, and was co-owner and founder of the mediation firm Charbonneau & Galloway. He mediated cases with the United States Postal Service, and has offered courses in basic and advanced mediation. Currently, Galloway serves as the head of school and co-founder of the Watershed School in Camden, Maine, where the principles and practices of conflict transformation have been integrated into the design of the academic program.

 

For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Michelle Patten, um.fhc.pd@maine.edu; 207.338.8002. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for people who live or work in Knox or Waldo County. For more information about upcoming professional development programs, scholarships or to register, go online. Early registration is recommended as spots are limited.



About the Hutchinson Center:

The Hutchinson Center is an outreach center for the University of Maine in Orono, that serves as an educational and cultural center for the midcoast area. It is named for University of Maine President Emeritus Frederick E. Hutchinson. The mission of the Hutchinson Center is to broaden access to University of Maine academic and non-degree programs and services, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional and career development experiences using innovative approaches that increase synergy among University of Maine System entities, University of Maine departments and divisions, and that engage a wider Maine community.

 

About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university. It is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation.  As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,741 undergraduate and graduate students who have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit umaine.edu.

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