UMaine Hutchinson Center graduates first relational health program cohort

Apr 17, 2017

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 (

For more professional development opportunities at the Hutchinson Center or contact Kim Raymond,, 338-8034.


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