The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will offer an online professional development program, called “Past Trauma, Current Relationships: Integrating Nonviolent Communication and Interpersonal Neurobiology,” to be held Monday through Friday, May 10–14, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each day. Registration is now open.

Participants in the interactive program will explore how early-life experiences, including traumas such as adverse childhood experiences, affect current ways of relating and learn how the brain responds to challenging situations.

Instructor Peggy Smith has taught for more than 40 years, holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is a certified trainer with the International Center for Nonviolent Communication. Since 1991, she has studied with Zen teacher and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh and is a dharma teacher within his tradition.

The cost is $195. Visit for more details and to register.

For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, email Michelle Patten at or phone 338-8002. Early registration is recommended as enrollment is limited. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for people who live or work in Knox or Waldo counties.