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.

In 2020 we offer a number of enrolment options:

  1. SCHOLAR. For students wishing to join the live 12-week March 2020 cohort + gain certification + CPD hours: $1495 AUD. Enrol here.
  2. PAYMENT PLAN. Scholar access, but payment via 4-month plan: 4 x $395 AUD. Enrol via payment plan here. 
  3. BRAIN COACH BOOTCAMP. Two-week intensive training, July 27-August 7, 2020. Identical curriculum, certification and lifetime membership options as 12-week course: $1495 AUD or 4 x $395 AUD. Pre-Register here.
  4. SELF STUDY. Digital course access only: $695 AUD. Join Here Today

Currency Conversion

Note payment quoted is AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS and are inclusive of GST for Australian customers only.

Exchange rates vary, but on 2 Sep 2019:

$1495 AUD = $967 USD / 917 Euro (March 2020)

$395 AUD = $244 USD / 876 Euro (March 2019)

For an online currency conversion tool click here.

How many hours will it take per week?

We are all busy, so the course is designed with busy people in mind.

Enrolment fee includes LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to the program including ongoing training and support.

Set aside 2-3 hours per week during the live 12-week program, including the one-hour live Q&A call.

  • 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.
  • The 12-week course includes 9 teaching weeks + 3 rest weeks.
  • Any extra reading or research is OPTIONAL.

Study at your own pace. Once live course is complete you can dip into and out of any lessons and resources at any time.

Please PRE-REGISTER your interest and receive early notification of future intakes in 2020 and beyond.

What time are the live Q&A calls?

Live Q&A calls are held via Zoom every Friday or Sunday at either 10am or 5pm AEST/Sydney, NSW, Australia. (See here for a global time zone conversion tool).

We vary the call 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.

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 27 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 Continuing Coach Education for 2019/2020 with the International Coaching Federation (20 hours CCE + 7 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 (APS), the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, and NSW Teacher Identified Professional Development (TIPD).

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:

  1. Understand how neuroscience can impact and provide insights into coaching conversations. Understand the distinction between coaching and mental health disciplines, and the important of referrals to appropriate other professionals when required.
  2. Develop a shared language for discussion the brain in coaching conversations.
  3. Describe the interrelationship between the mind (top-down), body (bottom-up) and environment (outside-in) on brain health and wellbeing.
  4. Recognise the pitfalls and biases and loss of client agency introduced when using incorrect neuroscience explanations such as ‘the lizard brain’ in coaching conversations
  5. Understand basic brain anatomy and neurophysiology, and explain using simple language and models basic brain anatomy and neurophysiology to clients.
  6. Understand the neurobiology of neuroplasticity including the role of neuroplasticity in development, healing and behavioural change.
  7. Use a simple story to describe the various types of neuroplasticity to clients, including synaptic plasticity, cortical reorganisation and neurogenesis.
  8. Describe the role of the prefrontal cortex in higher-order executive functions and cognition including attention and decision-making.
  9. Recognise how emotions (affect) and thinking (cognition) are intimately intertwined.
  10. Understand the neurobiology of metacognition and how to foster ‘thinking about thinking’ with clients.
  11. Understand the contemporary neuroscience of emotions, how the brain predicts emotional responses and how one can learn new appropriate responses by practice. Utilise this knowledge in preparation for coaching sessions when extreme emotions may be involved.
  12. Understand the neuroscience behind the various processes of reaching a goal including planning, visualising, attention, willpower, and motivation.
  13. Appreciate the neurobiology of mental rehearsal and how it can be used to practice appropriate emotional responses in advance. Create a visualization script for clients.
  14. Describe the latest research on fixed and growth mindsets.
  15. 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.
  16. Describe the neuroscience of the placebo effect and its ‘active ingredient’ is the therapeutic relationship. Reflect on the evidence from placebo research and how this informs the establishment of trust and rapport.
  17. 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 to medical professionals.
  18. 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).
  19. Design a brain wellness program for clients based on the seven pillars of brain health.
  20. Understand and describe the neurobiology of the stress responses. Encourage clients to find a ‘place or moment of calm’.
  21. Discuss evidence for mindfulness and mediation in reducing the stress response and building resilience.

Any prerequisites necessary to enrol?
No background in science is needed for this course. Lessons are designed for professionals working in the health, wellbeing 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.

You can also get an idea of my style by watching my TEDx talk or excepts from my TV show. If you follow along with my presentation style, you’ll easily be able to follow along with this course!

I created my blog www.yourbrainhealth.com.au to give you access to the latest neuroscience research relevant to brain health and wellbeing.

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 membership 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 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.


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.

A core message is simply that education has a role in emotional and behavioural change and expectation. 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.

Refund Policy

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 curriculum 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 legally 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. Refunds will not be made due to changed financial circumstances. Refunds will not be made due to a ‘change of mind’.

We may revise and update Terms of Use or Refund Policy from time to time in our sole discretion. All changes are effective immediately when we post them.

Design by smack bang design | Development by eSense Web Design