UMaine Hutchinson Center announces integrative healthcare workshop

May 09, 2017

Belfast — A workshop, “Integrative Healthcare: Approaches to Behavior,” will be offered Friday, June 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave. Physicians, nurses, dieticians, mental health professionals, and all those interested in developing skills to create a more positive relationship between patients with chronic disease and their professional caregivers, are invited to attend.

Participants will learn how to change the dynamic between patients and professionals in treating chronic illnesses related to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and mental health. Workshop goals include learning the social, emotional and behavioral aspects of healthcare, emphasizing emotional literacy, and the healthcare team and family approach. Learning how to be present and supportive of patients who are grieving over loss or change, and facilitating effortless, effective and interesting healthcare groups for patients and their families are two of the several topics covered.

Workshop facilitator, Dr. Wendy Rapaport, PsyD, LCSW and clinical psychologist, is a faculty member at the University of Miami School of Medicine – Diabetes Research Institute and the University of Maine Graduate School of Social Work. For more than 30 years, she has specialized in individual, marital, family and group therapy for patients with diabetes. Rapaport has also conducted workshops on adult play therapy using humor to cope with chronic illness. Rapaport has published more than 30 articles and book chapters, and frequently lectures around the country.

Payment of $95 per person is required at the time of registration. There is a 15-percent discount for groups of four or more; organizations are encouraged to send small groups of employees. Scholarships are available.

For more information, to register or to request a disability accommodation: visit or contact Diana McSorley at or 338-8000.


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