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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
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