Here’s what some of my Neuroscience Academy graduates have to say…
“Dr Sarah McKay is a bright, credible light who stands out in the complex yet fascinating field of neuroscience. Fusing her prestigious academic background with her unique ability to translate complex concepts into words we can all understand, she offers real-world science that we can use to better our lives. In her ground-breaking program, The Neuroscience Academy, she offers coaches, therapists and wellness pros a step-by-step blueprint to confidently integrate neuroscience into their practice. In the past 15 years, what we’ve learned about plasticity has given us unprecedented hope for repairing and optimizing brain function. This program is an absolute must for any professional gifted with the opportunity to improve the lives of their patients, clients or students.” Erin Matlock, CEO Brain Pages and Brain Summits, AZ, USA.
“Sarah is like a personal shopper for neuroscience: she finds the most relevant, current, credible research regarding the brain and the coach approach and presents it to you in a way that you can actually utilise with clients. Even though I’ve been coaching for a few years her insights and up-to-date info keep me on top of my game. Sarah does a great job of being an accessible academic. She is warm and approachable with a big bag of knowledge and resources – the perfect combo!”
Kathleen Buchanan, Wellness Coach and Yoga Teacher, Owner be.well. WA, USA.
“This is the perfect blend of wellness and science. Sarah has the unique ability to infuse the complex subjects of neuroscience and brain function and health with warmth and humor breaking the information into understandable, practical chunks that can be easily be implemented to improve lives.”
Debbie Hampton, Author of The Best Brain Possible. NC. USA.
“I truly believe that Sarah’s ability to present the connections between neuroscience and mindset will revolutionise Coaching. As a Mindset Coach I had dabbled in my own reading and research into neuroplasticity and the undeniable impact our experiences have on our brain. What Sarah provided me with was an accessible way to understand the science and gain a fundamental knowledge of how neuroscience can foster a healthy mindset in our clients. I’m excited to continue my neuroscience learnings with Sarah!”
Sonya Lovell, Mindset coach and founder of Success Club. Sydney, Australia.
“As a neurofeedback provider I am well acquainted with the brain and its functions and I am always looking to expand my knowledge by hearing from other professionals. Dr. McKay is a vivacious and entertaining guide into the fascinating world of brain science. With an obvious passion to share what she has learned as an experienced and credentialed expert, she leads us on a very accessible journey into the complex world of what makes us tick. Using insightful and engaging presentations, with rich and varied reference materials to further explore, Dr. McKay shows us how the mind and body are intimately intertwined. This not not your ‘father’s neuroscience course’ — a dry, didactic review of academic studies — but an integrated program of easy-to-understand, useful information designed to improve our lives and those of our clients. “
John Mekrut, Director The Balance Brain Neurofeedback Training Centre, CA, USA.
“The Neuroscience Academy has proven to me more than ever that Ageless Grace is exactly what we need in our world today — as Sarah says ‘The BEST EXERCISE FOR THE BRAIN IS PHYSICAL EXERCISE!’ I’m pleased that our program of Ageless Grace uses the brain and the body in a way that is consistent with all that I learned from this fabulous course! Every week I have incorporated into my classes, seminars, trainings and personal sessions what I learned or have been reminded of. I have reposted a few of the articles you suggested for us — and have used the handouts you provided — they are excellent resources for my students and clients! I loved all the new information I have learned, it has allowed me to grow and adapt to our program to new research being done. THANK YOU Sarah for giving me this opportunity!”
Denise Medved. Director. Ageless Grace. NC, USA.
“As a coaching psychologist, I found the Neuroscience Academy an excellent opportunity to develop a much better appreciation of neuroscience theory and most importantly, the practical application of neuroscience to support coaching clients in achieving their goals. Dr McKay shares cutting edge, evidenced based content in a highly engaging, accessible way. My learning from the programme has given me the confidence to speak knowledgeably to clients about aspects of neuroscience e.g. changing habits. On a personal level, I have developed a greater awareness of how lifestyle factors impact brain health and how to maximise my attention and focus to achieve a better balance and ‘flow’ in my life…”
Dr. Mary Collins, Coaching Psychologist, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland
“This online class is exceptional. Sarah distills a complicated topic into bite size pieces so that it matches the level of teaching to the person’s background. Her resource list to dig further into each topic allowed me to further enhance my learning in the areas that deeply interested me. I learned something new in each segment of each class. I highly recommend this program. I am a learner at heart. As an ICF certified coach, I feel it is my responsibility to be open to learning what I do not know. This was a stretch goal as my background is not in science. I am using your models to help clients understand that they are in control of their own choices, especially ones that affect wellbeing.”
Melinda Harrison. Coach, Researcher, Writer, Speaker, www.movingbeyond.org
“Sarah, you have put together an extraordinary package of learning with such fresh perspectives and approaches. You have no equal. I am telling you this because of all the programmes I have done at University, online and full time, your offering is unique. I am still active on several boards, run several companies including a Wellness Clinic and I am still studying. I won’t retire for another 15 years or more if I am still alive hale and healthy. I have just completed an advanced programme with Med school on Functional and Integrative Medicine and since last year I am also a qualified lawyer in international law and human rights. I am writing to say thank you. What a journey of learning. We appreciate the quality of your course and the effort that has gone into it to make this a learning experience of substance, not a seven day wonder, but a reflective journey which will last.” Denise Bjorkman, Vice president, The SA Council of Prof Coaches & Mentors, Director Centre for Executive Renewal, South Africa
“This was one of the most exciting courses I have done in years. It is an evidence-based ‘handbook’ on how to live well and live well longer, and much more. It is a thoughtfully-crafted course created and delivered by a passionate, dedicated and delightful teacher. Sarah provided a perfect combination of scientific research and practical suggestions for personal use as well as for people working in fields where neuroscience has direct applicability. She presents complex material in an accessible way. The library is comprehensive and includes top-line blogs, podcasts and talks. The facebook group is also a great resource as there are many interesting posts and links from others dazzled by neuroscience. I learned so much from this course and hope to continue to deepen my knowledge and stay connected to Sarah’s academy. This was the perfect course for me at this time in my life. Thank you so much Sarah!” Di Singer, Former partner at Ross Carmichael Singer; Currently involved in a startup. Sydney, Australia
“Sarah’s course is comprehensive, cutting edge, beautifully articulated, and has a brilliant abundant back up of resources to dive into. I have loved learning about the brain for a couple of years. I wanted to bring structure and credibility to my scattered and disjointed knowledge of neuroscience. Also there is a supportive community, just enough info for the therapist, and a challenge for the grey matter without bogging down in too much anatomy … just loved it all!“ Carol Vaughan, B.Couns Dip.Hyp MAEPH Perth Hypnosis Clinic, WA Australia.
” As a teacher I am keenly aware of the need to combine an understanding of the brain and mind with education to enhance the principles of teaching. This course has allowed me to provide an evidence based pedagogy to address the specific requirements of the developing brain. Consequently, my students have benefited from learning knowledge and skills that they can apply to improve their own lives and schooling. Dr Sarah McKay has provided a program that is informative, applicable and stimulating to any educator.” Kathy Hunter. Educator. Director, Hunter Study Solutions. Sydney, Australia
“Since completing The Neuroscience Academy I have developed confidence in explaining key neuroscience nuggets to clients using basic language! These nuggets can often shift perceptions and make a real life difference to how clients view their path to wellness. I also feel more confident that I understand the complexities if I need to expand further.” Emer Duffy Specialist Occupational Therapist, Dublin, Ireland.
“Since completing The Neuroscience Academy I am much more aware of all the ways that brain health can contribute to overall health & wellness; much more likely to seek evidence-based information, rather than accept unverified information. I have LOTS of ideas about how to incorporate these learnings into my creative workshops; and a long list of fascinating resources to read! The course was very well-organised. I loved the fact that I could access each lesson when it suited me; I loved all the resources; the summary notes were very helpful; and I also appreciated that I could listen to the Q&A sessions in my own time. You are a great facilitator Sarah! I really enjoyed the video presentations; your style of presentation is direct, engaging, personal and very helpful for those of us who are not scientists.“ Cate Richmond. Community Arts Facilitator, QLD, Australia.
“In developing my decision-support framework I was looking for a neuroscience evidence base that would be accessible to me as a non-scientifically trained person, and relevant to supporting people improve their everyday decision-making, and therefore wellbeing. What I have absolutely valued about Sarah’s program is how it has enabled me to understand proven neuroscience, fenced off the flakey to almost-feasible assertions and correlations, and provided practical examples of its application. Through Sarah’s concise yet illuminating explanations, rich links to research, and a diversity of materials, I can improve the value of the advice I provide to others about how to improve their wellbeing and manage change. From a thoroughly stimulating 8 week course, I have a strong foundation, and an ongoing community, to keep learning how to apply neuroscience to the wider work I do helping people understand the futureNOW, and make sense of ‘tomorrow’ today.” Marianne Doczi, Provocateur, futurenowknowhow.com, Sydney, Australia.
“This course is a wonderful introduction to someone who’s new to this field or study but I can see how anyone with deeper understanding would also enjoy and increase their knowledge. Whether you’re ‘in the business’ or just want to learn more about your own brain and get some great tips on promoting neurogenesis and slow down ageing overall. I’ve found that I’m re-wording the set-up key phrases for Callanetics exercises in my classes. I’ve always done this to some degree but I’ve upped this to finding different ways of setting them up and giving them something different to focus on and the sensations they’re feeling. My teaching focus is to reduce the amount of habituated patterns to encourage neurons to fire as they did when the first started the program and learnt everything from scratch.” Sandra Hanna, Callanetics Master Trainer, QLD, Australia.