Overview

The 11-credit Mindful Communication Certificate consists of four English (ENGL) courses with the “MC” extension. MC courses infuse mindful communication and emotional intelligence (EI) into the teaching of core course content. Students who take those courses as part of their degree program can graduate with both an Associate’s Degree and a Mindful Communication Certificate.

A certificate in mindful communication makes students more marketable across a broad range of fields, including information technology, healthcare, business, education, and human services. Emotional intelligence is widely recognized as helping people succeed and move up in their careers, and studies also suggest that those with high EI often earn higher salaries than those with low emotional intelligence.

Mindfulness has been linked with an increased ability to focus, improved working memory, improved problem solving, reduced reactivity, reduced stress, and improved health.

The certificate is not financial aid eligible as a stand-alone certificate. The certificate is financial aid eligible only when the MC courses are completed as part of a degree program.

NHTI’s mindful communication courses and certificate program are part of the “mindfulness-based” approach to the study, application, and teaching of mindfulness pioneered by leaders in the field at the Center for Mindfulness, Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The following definitions of mindfulness inform and guide our work:

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”

–Jon Kabat-Zinn
Founder of the Center for Mindfulness, Medicine, and Society
University of Massachusetts Medical School

“Mindfulness in its most general sense is about waking up from a life on automatic, and being sensitive to novelty in our everyday experiences. . . . Instead of being on automatic and mindless, mindfulness helps us awaken, and by reflecting on the mind we are enabled to make choices and thus change becomes possible” (Hampton, 2014).

–Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
Founding Co-Director, Mindful Awareness Research Center
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine
Co-Investigator, UCLA Center for Culture, Brain & Development

Mindful Communication Certificate

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
ENGL 120MCCommunication: Mindful303
ENGL 101MCEnglish Composition: Mindful404
ENGL 102MCIntroduction to Literature: Mindful303
ENGL 294MCCommunicating Mindfully Capstone101
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CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
CR – Number of credit hours for the course

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55-60%

of students qualify for financial aid