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Engaging Your Critical Thinking Skills (online)

February 26 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Friday, repeating until February 26, 2021

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Friday, repeating until February 26, 2021

| $150

Critical thinking is not a mysterious trait or an intellectual bag of tricks, but a skill that anyone can learn. It is a combination of powerful skills, ideas and practices that can help you be more effective in all your communications. This two-day workshop will improve your ability to make decisions, solve problems, advocate for a cause and communicate more effectively in your personal and professional relationships. All you need is an open mind, your natural curiosity and a willingness to step back from the action and reflect.

This interactive online professional development workshop consists of two meetings where we will learn and practice every aspect of critical thinking in a fun and supportive atmosphere. On the first day, we’ll learn about each element of critical thinking and practice them with each other. In the second meeting, we’ll dive deeper into each aspect and combine them into your own complete, customized toolkit. During the time in between classes, you’ll be given some fun activities to do on your own. The optional third “bonus” class is a further opportunity to ask questions or continue to practice your skills.

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Program Dates and Times

Friday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Feb. 26
9 a.m.–1 p.m. Eastern Time

Optional bonus session: Friday, March 5



Online, via Zoom. This is an interactive program, not a recorded session. Participants will need access to a stable internet connection and the ability to communicate during the session itself.


Program Benefits

Through participating in this online course, you will learn to:

  • Generate creative solutions to difficult problems and collaborate to find solutions
  • Present your perspective clearly and powerfully while supporting others to do the same
  • Make clearer decisions that stand up over time
  • Identify assumptions behind an argument
  • Discriminate between facts and arbitrary statements


Who Should Enroll

This online professional development workshop will benefit those in social and human services, businesses of all types, government officials, students, and anyone with a desire to achieve greater effectiveness and satisfaction in their communications.

The online format of this course makes it possible for participants from across the globe to participate. A stable internet connection and the ability to participate in these synchronous sessions as they are happening is required.



Terry Porter, Ph.D.
Terry Porter is Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Maine, where she taught business strategy and sustainability in the Maine Business School for 13 years. Dr. Porter also holds an MA in Clinical Psychology and is a certified mental health counselor. She has over thirty years’ experience as a teacher, counselor, coach, guide and facilitator.


Program Fee


Need-based scholarships for Knox and Waldo County residents who plan to use the skills gained in the course to benefit their community. More information about need-based scholarships is here.


Class Capacity



Continuing Education Credits

.75 CEUs

Certificate of completion for completing the entirety of this 7.5-hour course


For more information or to request an accommodation contact Michelle Patten, Conference and Professional Development Coordinator,; 207.338.8002.





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