What is the enrolment fee?
The Neuroscience Academy is a unique and premium continuing education program designed for health and wellness industry professionals, trainers, therapists, HR professionals, educators, and coaches.
There are two enrolment fee options:
Option 1 is THREE payments of $395 AUD (GST included for Australian customers). You will pay $395 on enrolment, and $395 for an additional two months from the date of purchase, for a total payment of $1185 AUD.
Option 2 is ONE payment in full of $995 AUD (GST included for Australian customers).
In July 2016 $995 AUD = ~$750 USD or ~680 Euro (exchanges rates vary). For current conversion click here.
How much time will it take up each week?
You’ll have access to all lessons and resources as soon as you enrol so you can study at your own pace. You can dip into and out of any lessons at any time.
Each of the 17 video lessons is about 30-40 minutes (theory + discussion of practical application) – so you’ll need to set aside about 2 hours per week to watch the videos if you choose to follow along live (note, the course runs over nine weeks with a one week ‘rest’ between weeks 4 and 5).
Once the course comes to a close you’ll still be able to access ALL the online materials, and you are welcome to attend the next round of classes including live calls.
Any additional reading or research is entirely 100% optional. If there is a particular lesson you want to delve into further I’ve recommended plenty of books, articles and online resources in the library below each video lesson.
Each week I hold an optional live Q&A call/webinar of ~60 minutes where we’ll focus on your questions from that week’s lessons. You can access the call via the internet or phone. All calls will be recorded for those who can’t attend and will be made available on the course site the following day.
The first class for 2016 will kick off on October 3rd (enrolment will run from September 19-29th 2016).
What time are the live calls?
The live Q&A calls/webinars are usually held every Thursday, Friday or Saturday at either 10/11am or 10/11pm Sydney, NSW, Australia. (See here for time zone conversion). Every attempt is made to vary the time each week to cater for all global time zones.
The times of the calls will be sent out to students after enrolment.
Questions can be submitted each week in advance for this who can’t make the call.
All calls are recorded and available on the student portal.
Can I apply for CPD/CEU/CCE points?
The Neuroscience Academy is an approved provider of CCE with the International Coaching Federation (10.16 hours CCE + 10.04 hours RD). See here for ICF details.
Here in Australia, many 2015 students applied for CPD points with the Australian Psychological Association, and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.
Other accreditations will be considered – please contact us if you have suggested organisations or accreditation bodies.
To gain The Neuroscience Academy certificate of completion and to be eligible to apply for CPD/CEU/CCE points you’ll need to pass the multi choice test with an 80% pass rate. The quiz is released during Week 8.
What are the learning objectives/outcomes?
By completing The Neuroscience Academy students will be able to:
- Understand how neuroscience can impact and provide insights into coaching, health and wellness.
- Describe the interrelationship between the mind (top-down), body (bottom-up) and environment (outside-in) on brain health and wellbeing.
- Understand basic brain anatomy and neurophysiology, and explain using simple language and models basic brain anatomy and neurophysiology to clients.
- Understand the neurobiology of neuroplasticity including the role of neuroplasticity in development, healing and behavioural change.
- Use a simple story to describe the various types of neuroplasticity to clients, including synaptic plasticity, cortical reorganisation and neurogenesis.
- Describe the role of the prefrontal cortex in higher order executive functions and cognition including attention and decision-making.
- Recognise how emotions (affect) and thinking (cognition) are intimately intertwined.
- Understand the neurobiology of metacognition and how to foster ‘thinking about thinking’ with clients.
- Understand the neuroscience of emotions, both ‘good’ and ‘bad’, and how the brain processes fear and anger, happiness and love.
- Discuss evidence for the mind-body connection.
- Describe the neuroscience of the placebo effect and its ‘active ingredient’ is the therapeutic relationship.
- Differentiate and describe normal aging and cognitive decline associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Understand when to recognise abnormal memory loss and when to refer.
- Recognise the importance of exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress reduction, social connection, belief and mental challenge in promoting cognitive reserve and mind health, and for providing a foundation for change (neuroplasticity).
- Design a brain wellness program for clients based on the seven pillars of brain health.
- Understand and describe the neurobiology of the stress responses. Encourage clients to find a ‘place or moment of calm’.
- Discuss evidence for mindfulness and mediation in reducing the stress response.
- Understand the neuroscience behind the various processes of reaching a goal incluing planning, visualising, attention, willpower, and motivation.
- Create a visualisation script for clients.
- Describe the latest research on fixed and growth mindsets.
- Understand that habits and facilitating change are fundamental to work with coaching clients. Explain in simple terms what happens in the brain when habits are formed and how to break bad habits.
- Explain the concept of ‘flow’ and how to encourage others find flow experiences.
Any prerequisites necessary to enrol?
No background in science is needed for this course. I’ve designed the lessons for professionals working in the wellness and coaching industries. But anyone with an interest in learning about the brain is more than welcome!
I hated science in school, and I’m scared. Will I be able to understand a thing you say?
My mission is to make neuroscience research simple and relevant to your everyday life. I don’t write and talk for other neuroscientists. I write and talk for people who’ve never read a research paper in their life.
I created my blog www.yourbrainhealth.com.au to give you access to the latest neuroscience research relevant to brain health and wellbeing. You can also get an idea of my style by watching my TEDx talk. If you follow along with my blog or TEDx talk you’ll easily be able to follow along with this course!
Feeling nervous or scared is completely normal. So I’ve created a private Facebook group for all those enrolled in the course so you can share, support, and learn from each other. I’ll check in regularly to keep you on track and do a little extra ‘hand-holding’.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t do this course?
The Neuroscience Academy is a course firmly grounded in evidenced-based-medicine and the scientific method. The textbook I teach from is Kandel, Schwatz, Jessell et al Principles of Neural Science (5th ed), but YOU don’t need a copy! I refer to academic papers and scientific research frequently but simply. If you’re familiar with the scientific method and evidence-based approach, you’re still more than welcome to sign up and explore the world of neuroscience with me. Yes, I do err on the side of science, but with a good dose of warmth and humility.
The Neuroscience Academy is not a course in ‘brain-based coaching’, or ‘neuro-coaching’ nor is it intended to provide evidence for a scientific foundation for coaching. The program has been designed to provide continuing professional education for qualified health and wellness practitioners and others. The program offers no ‘magic bullet’ solutions to your parent’s dementia, your child’s autism diagnosis or brain injury, nor your businesses cash-flow problems.
I’m a neuroscientist, not a medical professional and as such I offer no medical advice, nor do I make any claims about health outcomes for you or your client. I’m also not a trained business coach or advisor, so I make no claims about outcomes for your business, or your coaching or wellness practice.
I do promise to inform, inspire and enlighten you to the beauty and wonder that is the world of neuroscience research.
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What has neuroscience got to do with coaching?
Much of what I teach is based on the principles of psychoeducation. I’ll teach you how to accurately, clearly and simply explain neuroscience to others.
The rationale behind a psychoeducational approach is that, given a clear understanding of their condition and self-knowledge about their individual strengths, resources, and coping skills, clients are more relaxed and better equipped to deal with their problem(s), which contributes to their emotional wellbeing. The core message is simply that education has a role in emotional and behavioural change. More positive emotions and behaviour, in turn, lead to an enhanced sense of self-efficacy and wellbeing.
Here’s what a few others in the coaching industry have to say about neuroscience:
“While executive coaching is gaining momentum worldwide as a valuable part of the leadership development journey, the field of neuroscience is providing a better understanding of the inner workings of the brain and evidence of the benefits of coaching.” International Coaching Federation 2015.
“Neuroscience-trained coaches tell us that it gives them a sense of credibility when they can explain the research that backs up what they are doing with their clients.” Amy Brann (synapticpotential.com)
“Neuroscience is the area of knowledge coaches are going to have to know if they wish to work in a high level and professionally responsible way.” Professor Paul Brown (Association for Coaches, author of Neuropsychology for Coaches)
A 2014 survey of executive coaches found over 75% of coaches say that neuroscience should have a role in executive coaching. And over 50% believe a coaches’ credibility is enhanced by knowledge of neuroscience.
However, a recent paper cautions against claims that neuroscience provides a foundation, or scientific proof coaching ‘works’.
“Neuroscience has the potential to offer great insights … Although there is no truly convincing support for a neuroscientific foundation to coaching, there are some interesting ways in which coaching and neuroscience can interact.” Anthony Grant, 2015
A healthy foundation is required for coaching or therapy to work.
“You can do whatever kind of psychotherapy or analysis, but if you don’t have a healthy foundation, you’re building a house on sand.” John Arden PhD Author of Rewire Your Brain.
Research suggests that: Nearly 3 million Australians live with anxiety or depression. More than 332,000 Australians living with dementia, and without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to be almost 900,000 by 2050. Statistics in the US and the UK are similarly scary. Leading a brain healthy life may reduce a person’s risk of developing dementia later in life (Alzheimer’s Australia). People with sound social and emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday stressors and are less likely to experience mental health problems in the future (Beyond Blue).
Health and wellness coaching in particular is emerging as a powerful intervention to help people initiate and maintain sustainable health change – the type of change that could impact on dementia and mental illness.
“Knowledge alone is not enough for creating or maintaining good adherence habits.” World Health Organization, 2003
If you’re in a coach or working in the wellness industry today, getting clear, relevant evidence-based information on brain and mind health and wellness has never been more important.
Ummm... did you know you've spelled 'enroll' with only one 'l'?
You must be from the US! Here in Australia (and in NZ and the UK) we spell ‘enrollment’ and ‘enroll’ with only one ‘l’, i.e. ‘enrolment’ and ‘enrol’. You might have also noticed I spell ‘visualization’ with the letter ‘s’, i.e. ‘visualisation’. It all means the same.
I want you to be satisfied with your purchase, and to give your best effort to apply the strategies and learnings from the course. I offer a 30 day refund period for purchase if you believe the course is not of acceptable quality or does not match description. Refunds will not be provided more than 30 days following the date of purchase. After day 30, all payments are non-refundable and you are responsible for full payment of the fees for the program regardless if you complete the program.
Please note: If you opt for a payment plan and you do not request a refund within 30 days, you are required to complete the remaining payments of your payment plan.
All refunds are discretionary as determined by Sarah McKay Science and Medical Writing.