We bring neuroscience and coaching together.
Next NCN training commences February 2024
The Neuroscience Coaching Network (NCN) is an online professional training program and global community.
- Created for new, experienced and certified coaches with a genuine interest in applying brain science to their practice.
- Designed to encourage conversations and collaboration between the coaching and neuroscience communities. Learn about neuroscience from neuroscientists!
- Facilitated by neuroscientist Dr Sarah McKay DPhil and coaching psychologist Dr Mary Collins PhD.
Introducing the Neuroscience Coaching Network
Our purpose is to develop neuroscience-informed coaching tools & practice through education, collaboration & community.
Here's the premise on which the NCN was built:
- Coaching is designed to help people uncover strengths, goals, internal drive, and develop the skills and behaviours that improve competence, confidence, and performance.
- Neuroscience offers a compelling lens through which to view the human mind, thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and interest in this fast-paced and compelling science is intense.
- We believe there's enormous potential for translation of brain science research to coaching practice. However, neuroscience rarely provides neatly pre-packed tools and techniques, and enthusiasm for 'using neuroscience' often outpaces individual practitioner's neuroscience literacy.
- Thus, attention needs to turn towards the training of coaches in how to understand, integrate and communicate neuroscience research to ensure the continuation of evidence-based coaching practice.
- Rather than a 'bridge too far' between the disciplines, we see a golden opportunity to build reciprocal connections. The NCN provides neuroscientists and coaches a place to meet, to learn from each other, and to share meaningful conversations. We see no reason why coaches should not learn neuroscience direct from neuroscientists!
The NCN welcomes professional coaches who:
- Share our passion for juicy conversations,
- Appreciate the value of human connection, community and laughter (even if, for now, it is via Zoom!),
- Are life-long learners dedicated to personal and professional development no matter which stage they're at in their coaching career,
- Get excited by the intellectual challenges and opportunities of learning about neuroscience and from the scientists themselves,
- Embrace human-centred values, including empathy, compassion, vulnerability and authenticity,
- Care deeply about the potential of coaching to help people become better versions of themselves.
We believe neuroscience and coaching are powerful tools for human change. We bring the two together in conversation.
AUD, EURO & monthly payment plan links to enrol in FAQS (scroll down)
1. Building self-awareness
- Awareness of the neuroscience & coaching landscapes.
- Who you are is how you coach.
- Translating research into coaching practice.
- Developing and maintaining a coaching mindset.
- The social brain.
- The neurobiology of trust, rapport & empathy.
- Coaching presence as a symphony of strengths.
- Co-creating the coaching relationship.
3. Coaching journey
- The neurobiology of goal-setting & motivation.
- Coaching for change.
- Asking the right questions.
- Facilitating awareness and insight.
4. Staying on track
- The neurobiology of habits, emotion regulation.
- How to build a resilient brain.
- Coaching needs, capabilities & strengths.
- Cultivating learning and growth.
5. Sharing neuroscience
- The art and science of neuroscience communication.
- Considering the mind vs brain.
- Using facts and feelings.
- Using storytelling to communicate science.
6. Triad challenge + speaker series
- Invited speaker + workshop series.
- Triad coaching challenge with peers.
- Student presentations (required for CPD hours).
NCN training is delivered in three parts.
1. First Five Weeks
- During the first five weeks of training (February — March 2023), coaches will complete five online modules exploring neuroscience and its practical application to coaching. (For details of the curriculum, see above).
- Each online module (Me, We, Where, How, Now) consists of short pre-recorded video lectures, reading, and a reflective coaching practice activity.
- Each week the class will gather with Drs McKay and Collins via Zoom to reflect on the weekly module and participate in small group discussions. (For times of calls, see FAQ below).
2. Triad challenge
- Upon completion of the 5-week program, coaches will be grouped into triads (groups of three) to deepen knowledge and practice.
- Triads may choose a neuroscience topic relevant to coaching and work towards the thoughtful development of neuroscience-informed tools, frameworks and practice.
- Upon completion of the triad challenge (March — May 2023), coaches are invited to present a short talk on the outcomes of their triad challenge (presentation dates TBC during the program).
3. Speaker Series
- An invited speaker's series will run concurrently with the triad challenge (March — May 2023). Speakers include neuroscientists, coaches, and psychologists invited to present their work, teach skill-development workshops, and participate in Q&A.
- Additional talks and professional development workshops are planned for the second half of 2023.
- Upon successfully completing the course, students are issued a certificate of professional development equivalent to 40 hours of CCE (ICF accredited).
AUD, EURO & monthly payment plan links to enrol in FAQS (scroll down)
b. About Dr Sarah McKay
I'm a neuroscientist and science communicator.
I grew up in New Zealand, and received my doctorate in neuroscience from Oxford University, and I like to sum up my doctoral thesis with the words, ‘Nature, Nurture or Neuroplasticity’. After completing five years of postdoctoral research in brain plasticity and spinal injury research, I hung up my lab coat to pursue a career in science communications.
Nowadays, I'm the director of Think Brain, which offers a suite of professional development training programs in applied neuroscience and brain health. I've taught brain science to coaches and other helping professionals since The Neuroscience Academy opened its doors in 2015.
I'm the author of two women's brain health books: The Women's Brain Book and Baby Brain. I've contributed chapters on neuroscience and coaching to Positive Psychology Coaching in the Workplace and Positive Psychology Coaching in Practice.
In 2019, I hosted an episode of ABC’s flagship science show, Catalyst exploring brain health, bio-hacking and longevity. You can watch the documentary here.
I live in Australia on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with my Irish husband, needy spaniel and two surfer dudes. We can be found sailing, snorkelling or ocean swimming.
c. About Dr Mary Collins
I'm a chartered psychologist and professional executive coach with 15 years experience in organisation development and talent management.
I graduated from the Professional Doctorate Programme at Dublin City University in 2010. My thesis considered psychological contract theory in relation to engagement and retention strategies for high-potential graduates ('Generation Y') in professional services.
In 2019, I was delighted to receive a Kingstown College 'Coaching Hero Award' presented by the Minister of State for Education in recognition of my contribution to the field of coaching.
I'm a qualified coach assessor for the Association for Coaching (AC), a council member of the Irish Institute of Training and Development, and a mentor for the Aurora Women in Higher Education Programme. I'm also a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and committee member of the Coaching Psychology Special Interest Group.
My first book, Recruiting Talented Professionals was published by Chartered Accountants Ireland in 2021. I'm currently writing a book on emotional intelligence for dentists. I'm published widely including chapter contributions to books including Managing Professionals and Other Smart People, and Leadership in Healthcare.
I live in Dublin, Ireland with my husband, two gorgeous children and very cuddly dachshund.
© 2020 DR SARAH MCKAY