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Training and Professional Development

Effective prevention cannot be accomplished through one-time events, presentations or guest speakers. Rather, effective prevention requires ongoing staff and teacher training throughout the year and from year-to-year. This section offers updates on upcoming training opportunities as well as contacts to expert trainers in the field here in Maine and beyond.

Training and Professional Development Opportunities

Brandon Baldwin: email:

The Office of the Attorney General offers an in-service training, at no cost to the school, on civil rights issues. An assistant attorney general, who explains the law section, and a trainer, who explains the Civil Rights Team Project, conduct the training. Both the AAG and the trainer facilitate "hands-on" exercises and strategies for intervening when possible violations occur. The training lasts 20 hours.

Carl Lakari: email:

Project AWARE has served schools for over 7 years. We have worked with dedicated youth, educators and professionals to support young people taking the lead. We applaud their efforts! One of the many challenges is the issue of bullying including name-calling, teasing, harassment and more. We want to help. And we want to do it in a coordinated and thoughtful manner that will dovetail with your existing programs and provide ongoing support that addresses the root issues of this challenge that youth and adults face.

Chuck Saufler M.Ed. e-mail:

Chuck Saufler's whole school training integrates current research from the fields of education, social science, brain development, behavior, discipline, school climate and connectedness and restorative processes creating a powerful force for positive change in school climate and culture. Participants will be guided in developing effective relational strategies and skills for protecting targeted students and creating a safe and orderly classroom and school climate.

Coordinated School Health Program: Judi Sipowitz e-mail:

Our Mission is to join together with families, schools, communities, and State-level organizations to build a coordinated school health program that promotes and improves the health and education of all young people. Our Program connects health with education in the lives of children. A coordinated approach improves students' health and their capacity to learn through the support of families, communities, and schools working together. An effective Coordinated School Health Program can:
• Reduce absenteeism and disruptive behaviors
• Improve student academic performance
• Better prepare students to be healthy and be productive members of their communities

For more information visit our Web site at, or call 207-624-6696 or 207-287-3856.

The Coordinated School Health Program is a joint collaboration between the Maine Department of Education and Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Lorna Harrison: email:

The Bullies Are A Pain In the Brain curriculum teaches students important safety and survival skills such as coping with peer pressure, cyberbullying, managing stress and conflict, and seeking help from friends, family, teachers, and guidance counselors. The Bullies Are a Pain In the Brain curriculum develops vital social and interpersonal relationship skills by combining a systematic reading and writing ELA curriculum with theme-based motivational content that students can connect to their own lives. The curriculum can be used as supplemental materials in an established ELA curriculum or used as core guidance lessons in a comprehensive developmental guidance program.

Molly Gosline: email:

Molly Gosline is currently a school climate consultant and founder of School Climate Consulting Services, LLC. Formerly the director of the Center for School Climate & Learning as well as the federal Office of Safe & Drug-Free Schools and Communities for the New Hampshire Department of Education, Ms. Gosline established the New Hampshire Council on Bullying and successfully coordinated the comprehensive 2009 New Hampshire Conference on Bullying.

Bullying School Policy Practice Workshop with Stan Davis and Molly Gosline
School Climate Consulting Services Bullying and School Policy Workshops!

Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast: email:

Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, Belfast, ME. The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast provides mentoring for adult and juvenile offenders, as well as an innovative process for dealing with behavior issues in the schools and provides alternatives to the usual classroom management techniques of detention, suspension and expulsion. Contact: Margaret Micolichek, 207-338-2742.

Maine Law & Civics Education, University of Maine School of Law: email:

MLCE provides professional development and consulting services in law-related education, conflict management education, peer mediation, bullying prevention and restorative practices for K-12 schools in Maine. Contact: Pamela Anderson, 207-780-4991.

Stan Davis provides research-based training and consultation for school staff focusing on: building connectedness and social skills, designing and implementing effective practices to prevent and respond to negative peer behavior, empowering bystanders, and implementing student-led peer norms interventions. For more information visit

Online Courses

The ABCs of Bullying: Addressing, Blocking, and Curbing School Aggression:
This free, online bullying prevention course is offered by CSAP (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention) and is designed for professionals in education, health and mental health, and related fields, including social workers, school counselors, school nurses, teachers, and principals. Quizzes at the end of course modules allow course participants to gauge their learning against course objectives. Here is the link to the online course:

Hardy Girls Healthy Women Training Institute e-mail:

You care about girls. But sometimes you just don't now how to reach them. By understanding their world, you can become a positive force in girls' lives. Webinars from Hardy Girls Healthy Women are taught by experts in girls' health and development. They are easy to join, interactive, engaging and insightful. Continuing education credits are offered t to social workers and teachers.;training-institute