Highlights in Evolution of CM between 2009 and 2016

  • Spring 2016: Professor Huston is incorporating elements of CM in an early childhood education internship course that he will be co-teaching.
  • Spring 2015: Human Services at NHTI now requires Communicating Mindfully.
  • Fall 2015: 6th edition of Communicating Mindfully is released by August Learning Solutions
  • Fall 2015: Information Technology now requires Communicating Mindfully.
  • Fall 2014: Orthopaedics now requires Communicating Mindfully.
  • Fall 2014: Professor Huston speaks at the Center for Health promotion in Concord, NH.
  • Summer 2014: Communicating Mindfully is now available online at NHTI.
  • November 2011: Study with Eric and Norm is published in a November 2011 special edition of the Journal of Applied Communication Research. Results suggests the CM curriculum improves people’s capacity to positively reappraise stressful situations through an increased ability to identify and express emotions without shifting blame to others.
  • Seven faculty members at NHTI, whom Professor Huston trained, now use the text and the accompanying curriculum to teach the Communicating Mindfully course.
  • Professor Huston uses the CM curriculum to provide professional development training to faculty. To date, over 60 out of 105 full-time faculty have participated in CM training.
  • Students, faculty, and administrators consistently report they are happier as a result of studying CM, and that their improved ability to manage reactivity and stress during their communication fosters peaceful and productive interactions in school, at home, and in the workplace.
  • Students report they are less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and are less susceptible to peer-pressure due to their study of CM.
  • CM training has influenced instruction in a variety of departments, most notably ESOL, math, information technology, human services, and orthopedic technology.
  • NHTI receives one of 18 National Endowment for Humanities Bridging Cultures grants to infuse mindfulness into an introduction to literature course focused on increasing cultural understanding.
  • A recent survey conducted by the campus Diversity Team strongly indicates that CM courses have been among the most valuable for students to learn the importance of checking their perceptions and intentions, exploring their own and others’ cultural identities.
  • Professors of mathematics have recognized a close relationship between CM results and the “16 Habits of Mind,” which math professors have been using to improve math skills at the high school and college level. Professor Huston has been a keynote speaker at two of their regional conferences, and efforts are underway to integrate CM into their curricula programs.
  • Professors in Information Technology, Human Services, and Orthopedic Technology have invited Professor Huston to co-teach internship courses to help students apply mindful communication in the workplace.
  • IT interns credited CM for helping them problem solve more effectively, and for the first time none of the IT interns’ site supervisors expressed concern about students’ communication skills. Furthermore, all site supervisors—even those who hired their interns—requested more NHTI interns for the following year.
  • As a result of bringing CM to the Human Services practicum, Professor Huston was invited—through Goodwill Industries—to bring CM to a transitional housing unit for women transitioning from prison back into the community in an effort to decrease recidivism.
  • A member of NHTI’s Advisory Board recently invited Professor Huston to present to a local Rotary Club furthering dialog between the college and the business community.
  • Educators from all over the United States and the world have expressed interest in the CM curriculum. Efforts are currently underway at NHTI to design online teacher training for which Professor Huston recently received a $5,000 Pink House Foundation grant.

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