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Cohutta Healing Arts Institute Instructors Attend Conference for Health Professionals in Atlanta

Instructors from Cohutta Healing Arts Institute (CHAI) took part in a professional massage therapy conference in Atlanta, GA recently. The ONE Concept Health Professional Conference and Wellness ExpoOneConcept_Logo_2952 was held on May 16th – 18th and brought together top educators in the Massage Therapy, Chiropractic, Integrative Healthcare, Fitness and Spa industries. They took part in Front Lines sessions including Building Communication Skills in Our Students.

“Lack of communication is one of the biggest problems in recently graduated LMT’s, between themselves and their clients and their employers” remarked instructor, Patricia Babin. She commented that “The American Massage Therapy Association notes that in 2013, 41% of massage therapists were younger than 35, and the average age is decreasing.” The frequent use of virtual communication tools like texting and playing video games seems to correlate with the observation that young people are losing the ability to “look you in the eye and have the conversational skills that older adults grew up with.” Technology makes it easy to converse with coworkers and employers in “sound bites” rather than full interpersonal dialogue.

Of course, the massage therapy industry is not the only business sector feeling the side effects of a plugged-in generation. Time Magazine reports “A survey by the Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College finds that more than 60% of employers say applicants lack “communication and interpersonal skills” — a jump of about 10 percentage points in just two years. A wide margin of managers also say today’s applicants can’t think critically and creatively, solve problems or write well.”

Administrators at CHAI are one step closer to recognizing an area for improvement in their graduates, and are proactively providing students with alternative ways of teaching, learning, and communicating more effectively. Some lessons have been taught through an online webinar. Students may record portions of lectures for review at a later time. Others may study together to reinforce new material. Studies are supplemented with onsite presentations by guest lecturers, and field trips to conferences like this one in Atlanta. Communication is key, and CHAI instructors are seeking innovative ways to ensure their graduates have every advantage.

Source: “The Real Reason New College Grads Can’t Get Hired”.

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