Irena O’Brien – Neuroscientists – Self-Study Program
A fourteen-week professional development course in applied neuroscience taught by a neuroscientist
Where you will get the knowledge you need to use brain science in your work with clients
This program takes you by the hand, module by module, to explain how the brain works and how it fits into your work with clients.
- Understand how neuroscience can impact and provide insights into your work with clients.
- Enhance your confidence and credibility as a coach or helping professional and stand out in a crowded market.
- Be able to turn the neuroscience you learn into action.
- Be able to explain brain processes in a simple way so that clients understand themselves at a deeper level …
- … and when clients understand the brain processes involved, they’re able to apply it to themselves, and use it with their team.
- Fill in the gaps from coach training, by knowing the brain processes behind behaviour.
- Have the assurance that what you are doing is valid, because it’s based on science …
- … and it will reassure your clients to know that your approach is based on science.
- Because people no longer buy into “I don’t know”. They want to know how their brain is involved in what they’re thinking, feeling, and doing.
This is what the Certificate in Applied Neuroscience from The Neuroscience School offers you
MEET YOUR TEACHER
Dr. Irena O’Brien, PhD
Dr. Irena O’Brien is a cognitive neuroscientist and has been studying psychology and neuroscience for over 25 years. After working as a chartered accountant for 15 years, she went back to university and obtained her PhD in Psychology from the Université du Québec à Montréal. While there, she conducted brain imaging and electrophysiological studies and went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Language, Mind and Brain at McGill University.
She is the founder of The Neuroscience School, a neuroscience training and information programme for coaches and health and wellness professionals, where she un-complicates neuroscience and teaches practical evidence-based tools and strategies her students can use in their work with their clients.
She uses what she learns from neuroscience to better her own life and that of her family.
Who you learn from matters
When you learn from a neuroscientist, like Dr. Irena, you can trust the training in brain science you’re getting.
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
1: Meet Your Brain
We’ll take a quick tour through the brain and nervous system. I say quick, because we’ll only be scratching the surface of everything there is to know about the anatomy of the nervous system, but it will give you what you need to know about how neurons speak to each other, how the brain is divided, and how the nervous system is organized. This is an important course because it is the basis for understanding all brain function.
The brain develops through experience, starting in the womb, and continues throughout our lifetime into old age. You’ll learn what it takes to change the structure and function of our brain, how stress affects neuroplasticity, whether learnings are transferable to other skills, how our genes influence learning. And more…
3. Focus and Decision-making
You’ll learn about the prefrontal cortex and its role in cognition and thinking, how the brain chooses where we place our focus, how multi-tasking is just fast task switching and carries a heavy cost, and how decision-making, thinking and emotion are related.
4. Willpower and Motivation
We all have goals. Yet often, our motivation fails. In this module, you’ll learn how to structure goals so that we increase our chances of achieving them, the role of dopamine in motivation, how we train ourselves for failure, the right way to visualize (visualizing success can lead to worse performance), how to overcome procrastination, how we can ensure a constant supply of willpower. And more…
5. Making Progress Every Day
Habits are sometimes considered a dirty word, but they are absolutely the best way to win at your resolutions and achieve more in life and work. A habit is a more or less fixed way of thinking, acting, or feeling that we’ve acquired through repetition. And part of being a powerful coach or helping professional is to help your clients create successful habits, whether it’s around their health, their relationships, or their business, that will serve them year round. You’ll learn about what it takes to create strong habits and what gets in the way.
6. Creativity and Problem Solving
Insight is the sudden solution to a long-vexing problem, a sudden recognition of a new idea, or a sudden understanding of a complex situation and it is available to everyone. You’ll learn about the five stages of insight, and the conditions for insight to appear.
7. The Science of Flow
Csikszentmihalyi has characterized flow as “The state in which people are so intensely involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it”. In this course, you’ll learn:
- How flow appears in our lives and how it benefits us
- The key elements of flow and the conditions for its creation
- What recent neuroscience has discovered about what is happening in our brains during flow experiences
- What can happen if we take flow too far
- What it means to live a life of flow and how we can create it
8. The New Neuroscience of Emotion
You’ll learn about the new theory of constructed emotion and how it debunks the old triune brain theory of emotion which emphasized the amygdala and limbic system as the seat of emotion. We look at the importance of the body budget, how emotion is a whole brain thing, how the brain constructs emotion from incoming sensations and past experience, and how it can be wrong. And more…
9. The Neuroscience of Stress
You’ll learn how the brain responds to different kinds of stress, the role of the amygdala in the stress response, neurotransmitters and neurohormones, how our beliefs about stress can mitigate the stress response and prolong our lives, how reframing stress can actually help us use stress to our advantage, and we also look at little-known ways to relieve stress. We also look at cardiac coherence and how it can propel us into a more positive emotional state and prolong our lives.
10. The Neuroscience of Resilience
You’ll learn that, when we’re resilient, we’re able to bounce back and even thrive following adverse events. Research has shown that resilience is ordinary, not extraordinary. You’ll learn the behaviours, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone to create resilience.
11. Neuroscience of Relationships
Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. In this course, we look at how our neurobiology is involved in perceiving, thinking about, and behaving towards others.
12. The Gut-Brain Connection
You’ll learn how the gut communicates with the brain; how much of the body’s neurotransmitters are produced by the gut; the long-term effect of childhood trauma on the gut microbiome, behaviour, and the brain; the benefits of a healthy diet for depression and cognitive functioning, and on brain structure; and the components of a healthy diet.
13. Exercise and Brain Health
Exercise, along with a healthy diet and getting adequate sleep is a simple way to improve cognitive functioning, psychological wellbeing, and protect against cognitive decline. You’ll learn how exercise can improve children’s attention and executive control. You’ll also learn how important exercise is for healthy aging, how it can have immediate effects on cognitive functioning, and how it’s a proven method for improving psychological wellbeing.
14. Sleep and Brain Health
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout our life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect our mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. You’ll learn how sleep is important for learning and memory, alertness, sustained attention and cognitive flexibility, how chronic short sleep reduces alertness and cognitive flexibility and how this is cumulative, and how attempting to recover our sleep debt on weekends still leaves us with attention deficits. And more…
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