About the Conference

UNE’s College of Professional Studies and its partner Educate Maine are pleased to host the 1st 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.


Ayesha Hall

Ayesha Hall, MS SP is a civic leader, and youth and mental health advocate with a passion for systems reform and cooperative economics and The Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Maine State Department of Education as of April 2023. She is the former  Social Emotional Learning and Equity Resource Coordinator for Lewiston Public School District . She studied psychology at Clemson University in South Carolina, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 2004. Her minor studies in Cultural Anthropology and research on Positive Psychology inspired a curiosity for the dynamics of learning, and the influence of culture on the learning process.

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

Applying NASW Competencies for Social WorkersKeeping Our Expectations High Using Trauma and Resilience Informed Teaching and Learning (TRITL) PrinciplesProfessional Self-Care: Create your own Self-Care PlanPoverty-Informed Practice with Individuals and FamiliesBuilding Relationships and Community Through CrewEngaging and Motivating Alternative Learners at the Middle LevelRestorative Learning in the Age of COVIDResilience- and Trauma-Informed Interactions with YouthThere's a Book for That: Children's Literature as a ResourceGrief and LossAre you filling yourself with the whole pizza pie?



After several years of working in the nonprofit sector of New York City, assisting and directing children’s programs for inner city youth, Ayesha chose to enhance her knowledge in the field of Psychology to make a more significant impact on the lives of the children and families she supported.

Although she began her master's level studies in mental health counseling, her passion for mental health support in schools shifted her focus to research and evaluation; which led to her certification as a School Psychologist in 2010.

Ayesha has since utilized the comprehensive school psychologist skillset to serve schools, community agencies, and families in a wide range of demographic settings throughout the North East Region, to ensure that students' needs are supported, and educators have the agency to support them.”

Social Services and Education Professionals Symposium

2023 First Annual Conference

August 14, 2023

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.