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with Dan Huston
Over the last two decades, mindfulness has enjoyed an exponential rise in nearly every facet of society. From healthcare to education, the military to professional sports teams, training in mindfulness is improving people’s physical and psychological health, as well as their performance and life satisfaction. Many business leaders recognize the benefits mindfulness can bring to the workforce, including increased productivity and reduced healthcare costs.
This 8-part series introduces participants to the basics of Communicating Mindfully, a time-tested, internationally respected curriculum that infuses the study of mindfulness with the study of communication and emotional intelligence. Studies have shown participant improvement in all of these areas, suggesting this powerful combination increases a broad array of skills that benefit participants both personally and professionally. Participants will deepen their understanding and practice of mindful communication through an in-depth look at the ways self-talk, self-concept, and assertive behavior impact communication.
The course is designed around the fact that each moment of our lives is unique and unpredictable. CM provides participants with the skills they need to accurately assess internal and external factors involved in any given communication experience and make effective choices about how to communicate productively based on that awareness. Through the study of communication theory and mindfulness, participants learn to identify and modify unproductive communication habits, thus increasing their ability to manage stressful situations and improve relationships with others.
Required Text (not included): Communicating Mindfully, Dan Huston
Communicating Mindfully for the Workplace Schedule
Meeting 1: Getting Started: Beginner’s Mind
Meeting 2: Conversation & Listening Skills: Paying Attention
Meeting 3: Becoming Better Listeners: More Than Meets the Ear
Meeting 4: Nonverbal Behavior & Physical Sensations
Meeting 5: Self-Talk: Getting to Know Ourselves
Meeting 6: Self-Concept: Who Do You Think You Are?
Meeting 7: Assertive Behavior: Tell It Like It Is
Meeting 8: An End and a New Beginning
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
with Debra Schuler
Note: We can bring this to your organization - on your own schedule as a customized training if you have a team of 8 or more. Please contact Allison Mollica if you are interested - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Proven Personal Leadership System Based on Timeless Principles of Effectiveness
Dates: Wednesdays, 8:30am to 10:30am October 6 - November 17, 2021
Includes 7 Habits Course Kit & Interactive App
Based on Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, which after 30 years continues to be a best seller for the simple reason that it ignores trends and pop psychology and focuses on timeless principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity for personal effectiveness, leadership development and change.
Presented in (7) two (2) hour sessions, this series explores how “living the 7 Habits” can help you lead your life in a truly effective way. This proven process of personal and interpersonal growth begins with an introduction to the paradigms and principles of effectiveness. With this foundation in place, we will learn about the habits that lead to personal mastery: being proactive, beginning with the end in mind and putting first things first. Next, we transition to the habits that improve our interpersonal communications and relationships: thinking win-win, seeking first to understand and synergizing. The final habit, sharpening our saw, will illustrate the importance of making self-care a priority. Lastly, participants will identify the areas in their personal and professional lives that matter most and develop a plan for turning their ideas and good intentions into action.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® MicroCredential Certificate
Participants must complete all sessions in order to be awarded a certificate of successful completion. Participants are surveyed anonymously in advance of the training so as to give instructors a better sense of the participant’s background and expectations. Participants are also surveyed at the end of the program to determine the program's impact and to allow for feedback in order to continuously improve the program.
Session 1: Orientation & Foundations of the 7 Habits
Session 2: Habit 1: Be Proactive
So often, success is perceived by what we see on the surface, however true development of effectiveness comes from the inside-out and is more about character than personality. Our 7 Habits learning journey begins with proactively taking responsibility for your life. Proactive people recognize that they are "response-able." They don't blame genetics, circumstances or conditions for their behavior. They consciously choose their behavior.
Session 3: Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind People are working harder than ever, but because clarity and vision are often lacking, they are not getting very far in terms of overall fulfillment and happiness. Highly effective people make a conscious effort to visualize who they are and what they want in life. It's about reconnecting with your strengths and uniqueness and then defining the personal, moral, and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself.
Session 4: Habit 3 - Put First Things First
To live a more balanced existence, you have to recognize that not doing everything that comes across your path is okay. There's no need to overextend yourself. Highly effective people realize that it's alright to say no sometimes in order to focus on their highest priorities. Putting first things first isn’t just about time management, it’s about life management. What are "first things?" Those things you personally find most valuable and meaningful.
Session 5: Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Thinking Win-Win isn't about being nice, nor is it a compromise. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration. Most of us think about succeeding in terms of someone else failing--that is, if I win, you lose; or if you win, I lose. Highly effective people see life as a cooperative arena, not a competitive one. It’s a frame of mind and heart that constantly seeks mutual benefit which is also critical to understanding others.
Session 6: Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Communication is the most important skill in life. We spend years learning how to read, write and speak, but what about listening? Most people seek first to be understood, to get their point across, and in doing so, may ignore the other person or selectively hear only certain parts of the conversation and miss the meaning entirely. Seeking first to understand is listening with the intent to understand, not to reply, which establishes mutual respect and opens the door to creative cooperation--the mindset that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Session 7: Habit 6 & 7 Synergize & Sharpen the Saw and Key Take-Aways and Action Planning
Sharpening the saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have--you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four key areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Renewing yourself in each of the four areas facilitates growth and change in your life and inspires you to practice the other six habits. You increase your capacity to produce and effectively handle challenges. We will conclude our session with individual reflection, sharing of key take-aways and action planning to set you up for successful ongoing application of learning and positive results in the most important areas of your life.
About Debra Schuler, B.S. Management, Positive Psychology Certificate
Debra Schuler is a lifelong learner dedicated to helping individuals at all stages of life and career lead themselves with more clarity, purpose and intention to achieve greater fulfillment, joy and success personally and professionally. She works with organizations, youth development non-profits, colleges and universities, and women-in-transition throughout the US and globally to inspire others to take bold risks, realize their full potential and achieve greatness in their lives. She earned her B.S. in Management from Rivier University and was awarded a Certificate in Positive Psychology from Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She is also a graduate of Butera School of Art in Boston and a member of the International Expressive Art Therapy Association. She lives in Portsmouth, NH with her husband and son. www.ensolifebydesign.com
Communicating Mindfully (Graduate Credit Add On Option)
with Dan Huston
ONLINE Course Schedule: Thursdays, Oct 14 - Dec 16
Time: 4pm - 6:30pm
Dates: Oct 14 • Oct 21 • Oct 28 • Nov 4 • (Week off for Veterans' Day) • Nov 18 • (Week off for Thanksgiving) • Dec 2 • Dec 9 • Dec 16
Text: Communicating Mindfully: Mindfulness-Based Communication and Emotional Intelligence ISBN: 13-978-1-94-162600-9
Course Description: This course integrates mindfulness with communication theory and emotional intelligence. Participants learn to discover and modify unproductive habitual patterns of behavior, increase emotion regulation abilities, increase empathy, improve relationships, reduce stress, and increase happiness and optimism.
Course Purpose and Objectives: The purpose of this course is to help teachers and administrators develop an understanding of mindfulness in general and mindful communication in particular such that they develop an increased awareness for how mindful communication can foster a productive school environment in which to work and learn.
Course Student Learning Outcomes:
- Increased ability to focus attention
- Increased ability to regulate emotions, and manage stress and anxiety
- Increased emotional intelligence
- Increased engagement at work
- Increased ability to give and receive constructive feedback Program Student Learning Outcomes: N/A this course is not part of any matriculated program at AUNE Essential questions that frame this work and the course objectives will be: -
- What is mindfulness?
- When we learn to pay attention to the moments of our lives with kindness and curiosity, how does that impact the way we feel about ourselves and others?
- Does a mindful approach to life have a positive impact on our relationship with ourselves? With our colleagues? With our students?
- Does mindful communication foster a productive working environment? If so, in what ways?
- Does mindful communication foster a productive learning environment? If so, in what ways?
Overview of Course Content and Methods to be Used: The approach to mindful communication underpinning this course is as follows: when human beings develop an increased ability to “open” to the moments of their lives, they become more aware of the internal and external influences on their behavior that exist in those moments. As people study communication theory, some of the influences they notice will include elements of communication, such as selftalk, nonverbal behavior, and emotions. An increased awareness of these communication factors within any given moment can help people make effective communicative choices in those moments that go beyond reactivity and habitual patterns of behavior. These informed decisions often reflect increased emotion regulation skills and emotional intelligence. Participants in this course will, therefore, be introduced to mindfulness, mindfulnessbased meditation, communication theory, and emotional intelligence abilities. The emphasis of this course is on applying this knowledge to participants’ lives, both personally and professionally.
Note: the meditations used in this course are inspired by the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course developed at the Center for Mindfulness. Evaluation Procedures
Evaluation criteria to receive Microcredential and/or apply for graduate credit: Students must satisfactorily complete all Application Journals, Mindfulness Reflection Papers, Awareness Notebook Assignments, and the Final Project
Attendance: Students must attend all classes or make arrangements for makeup work if extenuating circumstances result in a missed class. Students cannot miss more than two classes.
Incomplete Policy: With instructor permission, students who were not able to complete all required work during the timeframe of the course may be allowed to finish their missing assignments after the course has officially ended. A plan will be developed on a case-by-case basis.
Assignments and Course Outline: All homework is due the following week unless otherwise indicated.
Week 1: Getting settled, Overview of Mindfulness, meditation, Ekman’s Model, Chapter 1, Meditation 1, Journal 1, Reflection 1
Week 2: Chapter 2, Meditation 2, Journal 2, Reflection 2, Conversation and Listening Skills o Awareness Notebooks
Week 3: Chapter 3, Meditation 3, Journal 3, Reflection 3, Listening Skills, Awareness Notebooks
Week 4: Chapter 4, Meditation 4, Journal 4, Reflection 4, Nonverbal Behavior, Awareness Notebooks
Week 5: Chapter 5, Meditation 5, Journal 5, Reflection 5 o Self-Talk o Awareness Notebooks
Week 6: Chapter 6, Meditation 6, Journal 6, Reflection 6, Self-Concept, Awareness Notebooks
Week 7: Chapter 7, Meditation 7, Journal 7, Reflection 7, Assertive Behavior, Awareness Notebooks
Week 8: Chapter 8 Final Paper/Presentation
Certificate in Brain Health
Register online here: https://www.ed2go.com/nhti/online-courses/certificate-brain-health/
The brain is an amazing organ. It receives information through the five senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing. It's affected by virtually every aspect of our lives, including our moods, our activities, how well we sleep, our stress levels, and the foods we eat. In this innovative certificate program, you'll gain insights into the amazing brain and explore how to support health and happiness through lifestyle choices that impact this remarkable organ. You will learn about the components of the brain and examine the latest theories about neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, and epigenetics.
The outcome of this certificate is for the learner to describe the basic structures and functions of the brain and explain how happiness, music, meditation, sleep, play, and lifestyle factors (such as stress, nutrition, physical activity, substance abuse, and nature) affect brain health. (10 contact hours)
Certificate in Food, Nutrition & Health
with Cyndie Koopsen
REGISTER ONLINE HERE: https://www.ed2go.com/nhti/online-courses/certificate-in-food-nutrition/
Food and nutrition have a profound impact on our health and well-being, yet many of us are not aware of what foods to eat, which diets are healthy, and where our food originates. We eat toxic, irradiated, or genetically altered foods and we eat more than we need. How can we change our eating habits and become more conscious of what we eat, why we eat it, how it is prepared, and what consequences our food choices have on our health as well as the health of our planet? This certificate provides an overview of the role of food and nutrition choices on our bodies, our immune systems, our overall well-being, and the health of all sentient beings on an increasingly populated planet.
The outcome of this certificate is for the learner to describe a holistic overview of current food and nutrition issues and their impact on physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and planetary health. (16 contact hours)
Certificate in Stress Management
with Cyndie Koopsen
ONDEMAND - Self-Paced, start anytime or Instructor Led, pick your start date!
Events, people, and circumstances fill our normal daily lives—along with a certain amount of stress. Stress is at epidemic levels in the world today. Currently, as many as 90 percent of all visits to health-care providers in the United States are considered to be stress-related. Stress affects every aspect of the body, mind, and spirit, resulting in a wide range of symptoms from headaches or stomach ailments to heart disease or death.
The outcome of this certificate is to describe the physiological, social, and psychological aspects of stress; examine the relationship between stress and health, nutrition, and physical activity; identify causes and health effects of workplace stress; and explore modalities to reduce and manage stress. (14 contact hours)
Expiration Date: 01/10/2022
(Next date of course revision)
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