Professional Development

The following list provides links to organizations that offer professional development opportunities.  The inclusion of these resources on this site does not imply an endorsement by the BEA/MEA/NEA of such resources.  The information is simply to provide educators with various options for professional development. If you are taking courses for the purpose of re-certification, please be sure that the classes/workshops in which you are interested offer contact hours that apply to your re-certification requirements.  The inclusion of these resources does not assume or guarantee that contact hours are provided or that they count toward certification.

Gear Parent Network

Workshops/support groups are offered free to parents/grandparents/caregivers/educators of children with emotional/behavioral health concerns!

Lives in the Balance

The mission of Lives in the Balance is to provide vital, accessible resources and programs to caregivers of behaviorally challenging kids; to bring the plight of these kids into the public consciousness; to address the systemic issues that cause many of these kids to slip through the cracks; and to promote parenting and disciplinary practices that foster the better side of human nature in all children.

Maine Department of Education

The Maine Department of Education maintains this training calendar to share online and in-person professional development opportunities that could be of value to Maine educators.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine

A core component of NAMI’s mission across the nation is to provide accessible and useful information to those impacted by mental illness.  Most of these trainings are provided at no cost to participants.

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention CPI

Crisis Prevention Institute helps schools, hospitals, and other service organizations throughout the world create safer, more respectful work environment.

PESI Inc.

PESI Inc.’s mission is to educate and instruct the general public, public organizations, private industry, students and professionals to assist them in acquiring, developing and enhancing their knowledge and skills. 

Social Thinking

At Social Thinking®, we are clinicians who create quality educational products and services that help parents, professionals, and others break down the social learning process to more effectively teach social thinking and related social skills.