What are the course fees?
The Neuroscience Academy is a unique and premium continuing education program designed for coaches, therapists, health and wellness industry professionals, trainers, HR professionals, and educators.
From 2019 we offer THREE enrolment options:
- 1. SCHOLAR. For students wishing to join the live 12-week September 2019 cohort + gain certification + CPD hours: $1895 AUD.
- 2. SCHOLAR PAYMENT PLAN. Same access as for SCHOLARS but via 4-month payment plan: 4 x $495 AUD.
- 3. SELF STUDY. Digital course access only: $795 AUD (available from May 2019)
Note payment quoted is AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS and are inclusive of GST for Australian customers only. For an online currency conversion tool click here.
How much time will it take up each week?
Plan to set aside about 4 hours per week during the live 12-week program, including the live Q&A call.
- Each module contains one or two lessons.
- Each lesson is split into 6-8 short videos of 3-10 minutes (including theory + practical application + homework suggestions).
- Modules are released weekly to prevent student overwhelm.
- Each week I hold an optional live Q&A call/webinar of ~60 minutes. 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.
- All extra reading or research is OPTIONAL.
If you do not wish to follow along week by week, you can study at your own pace. Once the course is complete you can dip into and out of any lessons and resources at any time.
Once the course comes to a close you’ll retain access to ALL the online materials, and you are welcome to attend the next round of classes including live calls.
The next live 12-week program will run from September 2019. Cohort enrolment will begin early September.
Please PRE-REGISTER your interest and receive early notification of the next intake.
What time are the live Q&A calls?
Live Q&A calls are held via Zoom on Fridays at either 10am or 8pm, Sydney, NSW, Australia. (See here for a global time zone conversion tool).
Every attempt is made to vary the time each week to cater for all global time zones.
Questions can be submitted each week in advance for this who can’t make the call.
ALL Q&A calls are recorded and available on the student portal for that who can’t attend.
Can I apply for CPD/CEU/CCE points?
The SCHOLAR program offers students the equivalent of 20 hours of professional development training, which is formally recorded on a certificate after course completion.
The certificate of completion states students have completed training in ‘Applied Neuroscience and Brain Health’. The course is NOT a professional qualification. It is for professional development purposes.
The Neuroscience Academy is an approved provider of CCE with the International Coaching Federation (18.29 hours CCE + 3.81 hours RD). See here for ICF details.
Many organisation and accreditation bodies allow members to self-assess their professional development. Please check your individual circumstances with your organisation/accreditor. Contact us if you have suggested organisations or accreditation bodies.
Here in Australia, many students have applied for CPD points with the Australian Psychological Society or the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.
To gain The Neuroscience Academy certificate of completion and to be eligible to apply for professional development hours/points you’ll need to pass the multi-choice test with an 80% pass rate. The quiz is released during the final week of the course.
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 ageing 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 meditation in reducing the stress response.
- Understand the neuroscience behind the various processes of reaching a goal including 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 to 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 accessible and relevant to your life at the work you do. I don’t educate neuroscientists. I educate 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 10-week program is designed primarily as a professional development course for people working in the health professions, coaching, therapy, psychology, education and so on.
My teaching assumes some prior knowledge and is pitched at the professional working with clients/patients/students. Working as a professional isn’t an absolute requirement, however, it would be far more beneficial to those joining.
Anyone joining who is not a health professional or similar needs to be aware that the majority of students are, and as such they there for their professional development, not for ‘easy access’ for other students to ask health-related questions etc.
The Neuroscience Academy is a course firmly grounded in evidence-based medicine. I refer to academic papers and scientific research frequently but simply. If you’re unfamiliar 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 core text I refer to is Kandel, Schwartz, Jessell et al Principles of Neural Science (5th ed), but students are NOT required to have their own copy.
The Neuroscience Academy is not a course in ‘neuro-coaching’, ‘neuro-education’, ‘neuro-leadership’ or any other form of ‘neuro-splaining’. The curriculum has been designed to provide continuing professional education for qualified health and wellness practitioners, teachers, and those in coaching practice. The course offers no ‘magic bullet’ solutions to your parent’s dementia, your child’s autism diagnosis or brain injury. Nor does the course solve business cash-flow or offer business advice or coaching.
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 clients, patients or students. I’m not a trained business coach or advisor, and I make no claims about outcomes for your business, or your coaching or wellness practice.
However, I do hope 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 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 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 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, I'm a stickler for grammar — I notice you spell 'enroll' with only one 'l'?
You must be from the US! Here in Australia (NZ and 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 the 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 whether or not 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 Dr Sarah McKay trading as Think Brain Pty Ltd ABN 19626919266.