About the Conference

UNE’s College of Professional Studies and its partner Educate Maine are pleased to host the 2nd Annual Social Services and Education Professionals Symposium, made possible through the generous support of our sponsor Unum.

This is a full-day conference for professionals focused on the social and emotional well-being of young people.  We look forward to hosting 150 social workers, educators, school counselors, and all others working in this space from across Maine and the region. 

The Symposium offers attendees interactive workshops led by industry professionals with depth of expertise in topics ranging from compassion fatigue, to creating safe spaces, to professional self-care – to name just a few. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with the speakers and colleagues throughout the day and will leave with a breadth of activities, strategies, and actions they’ll be able to use in their professional settings.

For questions regarding the conference, please email ceonline@une.edu.


Cara Valentino

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dempsey Center, a Maine-based cancer care non-profit.   

Conference Agenda

Registration and Networking (Pre-Event Space)

8:00 - 8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks (Main Hall)

8:30 - 8:40 AM

8:40 - 10:10 AM

Workshop Session 1 (Choose one)


10:10 - 10:20 AM

Workshop Session 2 (Choose one)

10:20 - 11:50 AM

11:50 AM - 1:20 PM

11:50 AM - 1:20 PM

Break and Buffet Lunch

Keynote Speaker (during lunch)

12:30 - 1:20 PM

1:20 - 2:50 PM

Workshop Session 3 (Choose one)

2:50 - 3:00 PM


3:00 - 3:30 PM

Report Out and Closing


Conference Materials For Download

Meeting Ourselves and Others on the Page: Children's Literature as a Doorway to SELBuilding Relationships and Community Through ‘Crew’/AdvisoryKeeping Our Expectations High Using Trauma and Resilience Informed Teaching and Learning (TRITL) PrinciplesBuilding a Connected School CultureSelf-Care in the Aftermath of PandemicResponding to the complex needs of students: Helping without burning outNew Mainer Youth, Mental Health, and TraumaCultivating Compassionate Classrooms: Restorative Practices for Self-Care and Positive Learning EnvironmentsWho's Doing the Talking? Creating Rich Learning Environments Through Guided Student DiscourseHere Now: The Transformative Power of Mindfulness and Contemplative EducationTrauma Stewardship



Social Services and Education Professionals Symposium

2024 Second Annual Conference

August 13, 2024

8:00am to 3:30pm

Innovation Hall
772 Stevens Ave. Portland

UNE Portland


Meals are included in cost of registration

CEUs Earned

7 Contact Hours (Attendee Certificate)

Two Getaway Packages at the Samoset Resort and the Cliff House will be raffled!

If you are interested in attending, contact ceonline@une.edu to be added to the waiting list.



Cara joined the Dempsey Center mission in November 2021 to expand the organization’s capacity to serve across Maine and she is grateful for the opportunity to be of greater service. Her earlier career included long tenures in finance, technology, and counterterrorism. She is a Certified Leadership and Gallup Clifton Strengths Certified Coach as well as a registered Yoga Teacher, and a Certified Pilates and Barre Instructor.