Restorative Practice Certificate Program offered at UMaine Hutchinson Center starting Dec.5th

Courtesy of: RJP Belfast

Belfast, Maine — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center of Belfast will offer a six-session program, Foundations in Restorative Practices Certificate Program, beginning Dec. 5 and 6. Subsequent dates in 2020 are Jan. 10, Feb. 13 and 14 and March 13.

Participants from a variety of fields will benefit from this dynamic program, including primary, secondary and post-secondary education; social work and

family services; corrections, criminal justice and policing; non-profit organizations; healthcare; and community development.

All sessions are held 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The cost of the program is $600 per person for the six sessions and includes materials and a light breakfast and catered lunch. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Upon completion, participants will earn a certificate in restorative practices and 4.2 CEUs/42 contact hours.

The restorative approach emphasizes the importance of creating a positive, healthy school climate based on empathy, trust and respect. Research shows that students who are connected to school, peers and teachers in a safe, welcoming environment show academic and social improvement. Restorative practices are currently used in several Maine schools, juvenile correction facilities and youth-serving organizations.

The program is led by two professionals in the field–Carrie Sullivan and Sarah Matari. As health educator and advocate, Sullivan has championed policies and programs aimed at improving individual and community health. She promotes restorative practices as a framework that honors and invites the voices of all stakeholders into shaping lasting solutions to our deepest challenges. Carrie joined the Restorative Justice Project in 2016 as the assistant director and became the executive director in 2018.

Matari began early in her legal career to provide restorative mediation services to New York City based institutions and communities. She delivers mediation and restorative circle trainings to staff and students, and facilitates and trains staff to lead restorative interventions in order to repair harm done in the community.

Participants will gain techniques to build strong, connected cultures; learn problem-solving tools to reach solutions that build safer and healthier environments; practice new ways of relating to people, and organizations; and improve decision-making and leadership skills. Building connections with other professionals who are committed to living the values and principles of restorative practices is another positive outcome.

For more information or to request reasonable accommodations, contact Michelle Patten, 338-8002;

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About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant and sea grant university. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master's degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit

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