Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
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151 Langley Parkway
Concord, NH 03301

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New Hampshire Dental Hygienists' Association 

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"Communicating Mindfully"

2.0 Non-Clinical CEUs

Thursday, April 19, 2018

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Please join NHDHA for an interactive presentation by speaker

Dan Huston MST

Professor of English and Communication


"Communicating Mindfully"

Course Objectives:

Training in Communicating Mindfully combines the study of mindfulness, communication theory, and emotional intelligence, which have been shown to develop skills that are vital to the success of dental offices:

  • Focused attention
  • Reliable working memory
  • Emotion regulation
  • Reduced stress

Patients put their trust in dental professionals. Not only do they expect diagnoses to be correct, but they expect the professionals who are scraping, poking, prodding, and drilling their teeth to be focused and skillful in their performance. In order for dental professionals to fulfill those expectations, they need more than to top-notch dental care training. They also need a workplace environment that allows them to thrive. Perhaps the biggest factor in establishing such an environment are the interpersonal relationships that are fostered within the dental team.

Team members need to feel valued and respected in order to perform to the best of their ability. Without those fundamental interpersonal pillars, there is bound to be tension and discomfort, both of which can interfere not only with the exchange of vital diagnostic and treatment information, but also with one’s ability to perform tasks effectively. It is difficult, for instance, to maintain sustained focused attention when distracted by thoughts or emotions from recent unpleasant interactions. Even fine motor skills can be compromised when one feels stressed or agitated. For these reasons and more, the study of mindful communication can help dental offices improve performance, while also reducing stress and increasing job satisfaction.

During this introductory workshop, participants will

  • Recognize the contextual nature of effective communication
  • Identify personal and interpersonal communication challenges
  • Learn the foundations of Communicating Mindfully
  • Explore the benefits of mindful communication
  • Practice mindfulness meditation
  • Set intentions for applying mindful communication to their lives
  • Discuss how mindful communication can lead to increased happiness

TEAMTogether Everyone Achieves Mastery




5:30 - 6:00 PM  Registration, Dinner and Exhibits

LIGHT DINNER INCLUDED, beginning at 5:30 PM

6:00 - 8:00 PM Dan Houston "Communnicating Mindfully"


2.0 Non-Clinical CEU: Dan Houston "Communnicating Mindfully"


  • SADHA MEMBER:  $25

Registration Deadline is April 12, 2018

Payment Options:  Credit cards and checks accepted. Checks must be received in the NHDHA office by April 12. Pay with credit card by clicking on the PayPal button in the Registration Form. PayPal account is not required.

Refund Policy: Cancellations received by 4/12/18 will be refunded less a 25% administrative fee. No refunds accepted on or after 4/13/18.

Dan Huston MST, Professor of English and Communication

Dan Huston, MST: As a full professor in the English Department at NHTI, Concord’s Community College, Dan teaches communication and writing, and he serves as assistant to the department head. He has been incorporating mindfulness, meditation, and emotional intelligence into his communication curriculum for nearly twenty years and was awarded NHTI’s 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Huston is the author of the textbook Communicating Mindfully: Mindfulness-Based Communication and Emotional Intelligence, as well as numerous other publications on mindful communication. His Communicating Mindfully course doubles as a form of professional development for faculty, and he has worked extensively with the dental department at NHTI. He regularly presents at national and regional conferences, as well as at public and private institutions. Huston has received training at the renowned Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn.


Upcoming Events

NHDHA Evening CE:

September 17th - Infection Prevention - Close to Perfection, Concord

November 8th - Independent Practice 101: Owning a Dental Hygiene Business, Somersworth

NHDHA Fall Symposium:

October 13th - Oral Pathologies, Manchester

Check the NHDHA website often for details and additional events!