Dr. Irena O'Brien has created one of the most efficient and effective neuroscience education programs in North America
If you are interested in understanding why human beings do/say/think and live the way they do, Dr. Irena O'Brien has created one of the most efficient and effective neuroscience education programs in North America. From the depth of research and relevant scientific information that is delivered--and remains accessible for a year or more--as well as the weekly class review over 16 weeks, I learned more about neuroscience in 16 weeks than I'd learned in 16 years--and I'm even a behavioral scientist! Well worth the time, investment and commitment if you are in a profession that requires you to interface with humans to coach/treat/counsel/parent/co-exist, etc. And, the research will be personally beneficial to you as well, in navigating your own challenges around health, nutrition, sleep hygiene and general daily life.
Russ Riendeau, PhD / Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach
My clients love it when I talk about their brains!
This program covers so many concepts that are relevant to my work with clients. Irena's direct, intellectual but no-nonsense style is so natural and appealing, a pleasure to watch, listen to, and participate with. When I signed up for this program, I didn't want to cover coaching concepts I already knew. I needed someone to go deeper and to explain the physiology behind why we humans behave the way we do so that I could help my clients understand themselves (and other people!) better and why they have challenges changing their behavior, even when they think they have a strong desire to change their habits. My clients love it when I talk about their brains and give them easy to relate to insight and ideas for improving their effectiveness. My engineers and scientists, especially, resonate well with these topics. I loved this program and highly recommend it.
April Scott, PCC MBA / Certified Executive and Leadership Coach
If you are seeking to understand the scientific reasons driving behaviour, and how to help your clients understand and manage their own . . .
Irena is as passionate as knowledgeable on the topic on Neuroscience. She is a reference in our coaching community here in Montreal. Her program is well presented, thoroughly documented and enhanced by Q&A calls which all go for a deep dive on topics requiring more discussions. If you are seeking to understand the scientific reasons driving behaviours, and how to help your clients understand and manage their own, this is the course you want to take. As a bonus, you will join a community of practicing coaches. I totally recommend it.
Gisèle Aubin / President, ICF Québec
The information is useful in understanding how the brain works and how to help clients understand complex information in a simplified way
For any coach wanting to deepen their understanding of how the brain, mind and body work together, I highly recommend Dr. Irena O'Brien's course in Applied Neuroscience. This course was well put together and organized in a way that makes a lot of sense. It is important as a coach to learn about some of the research that is conducted regarding the brain. The information is useful in understanding how the brain works and how to help clients understand complex information in a simplified way. The information on motivation and creating habits, among other insights, is highly useful for coaching clients. I am indebted to Dr. O'Brien for her thorough introduction to neuroscience in a way that I could comprehend and utilize with my own clients.
Lisa Kneller / Reinvention Life Coach
I received a host of concepts and methodologies that I've used to assist myself as well as my clients in making lasting change
The Certificate Program in Applied Neuroscience is an outstanding program. It is rich with up-to-date research on neuroscience and neuropsychology with tools to assist our clients in transforming from the inside out. It gave me new scientific language for some of the work that I do that in the past was thought of as woowoo and I received a host of concepts and methodologies that I've used to assist myself as well as my clients in making lasting change. Irena is a dedicated researcher who provides great guidance and support throughout the course. I highly recommend this program.
Kamin Samuel / Rapid Transformation Business Coach
The application of neuroscience course allows me to tie my leadership coaching practice principles and tools to science, which for me, was missing before this class
The application of neuroscience course allows me to tie my leadership coaching practice principles and tools to science, which for me, was missing before this class. I love the idea of being able to show, via high level neuroscience, how the mind supports a lot of the work that my clients take on. On a personal note, the topics have intrigued me, helped me personally (health, body budget), and encouraged me to dig deeper and into more learning! I love that!
Carole Vandenberg / Leadership Coach
As a coach, I have gained information that I can offer to every single one of my clients - and in that way, the learning is universal.
Out of the immense field of neuroscience, Dr. O'Brien has precisely selected topics highly relevant to coaching, as well as to everyday life for anyone. In many ways, the program is an instruction manual for how to use our brain-body for optimal living. As a coach, I have gained information that I can offer to every single one of my clients - and in that way, the learning is universal. Finally, I must mention that the format for the program is brilliantly geared for working adult learners who need the flexibility to study on our own time and at our own pace, yet within a structure that requires us to make continual progress throughout the program. Highly recommended.
Linda Gooding / Leadership Coach
Irena's material is current and cutting edge. I have found it to be an essential supplement to the health and wellness program I am concurrently in
I had a feeling I did not want to miss this class and I was right. What I have learned has been immediately applicable to my coaching and motivated me to go deeper in certain areas. Irena's material is current and cutting edge. I have found it to be an essential supplement to the health and wellness program I am concurrently in. At some point, all coaches should plan to find a time to take this course, you just don't get this stuff on Youtube.
Bruce Hostetter / ADHD certified life coach
The knowledge I have accumulated this past year, has helped me to train, connect and lead at higher levels of human ability
I highly recommend The Neuroscience School created and led by Irena O’Brien, Ph.D. As a professional coach, the benefit to me understanding Neuroscience is simple - everyone has a brain and it is the source of our thoughts, decision-making abilities, emotions and creativity. The Neuroscience School provides complete & comprehensive suite of resources and information to draw and learn from. The knowledge I have accumulated this past year, has helped me to train, connect and lead at higher levels of human ability. To me, the more I know how the brain operates, the more I can guide my clients in all life areas to reach their full potential within their own personal and professional lives.
Eva Jenkins / vipinnovations.com
. . . deepen your knowledge by relying on a scientific based approach which will help you support your clients in their endeavour . . .
The neuroscience program developed by Irena is well structured and touches on various relevant subjects that I can integrated in my interventions with my clients. The different learning modes - listening to online content, testing our knowledge, creating a Facebook group, weekly meeting to answer our questions, questions developed to transfer our learning into practice, integrative project, section " Digest ”to stay up to date on new research in the field - facilitate the retention of information, despite the sometimes heavy content (neuroscience is all about the brain, a complex organ!). If you want to deepen your knowledge by relying on a scientific based approach which will help you support your clients in their endeavour: I recommend it.
KN / Organizational Psychologist and Coach, Toronto, Canada
Thanks to her insights, I’ve become a better coach...
Irena O’Brien is a wonderful women who is humble and bright at the same time. These qualities give her the ability to do great work. She is a researcher and works thoroughly in her area of expertise “Neuro-Sciences”. Thanks to her insights, I’ve become a better coach who can explain more about the functions that neuroscientists have discovered about the brain.
Irena O’Brien can bring all this down in very simple but profound words. Simplicity is the most difficult skill she has mastered. That’s one of the reasons why Irena O’Brien is the perfect match for everyone who wants to know more about the new sciences of the brain and who want to implement it in his or her Business.
Germaine Rediger / Executive Coach / indialogue.eu
The course offers practical strategies designed to help move our coachees forward in such areas as changing behaviours and habits, improving focus and leadership skills. A+
As a coach of both athletes and entrepreneurs I have found Dr. Irena O'Brien's course on Applied Neuroscience to be indispensable. Dr. O'Brien has been able to boil down complex and cutting edge neuroscience concepts and research into a fascinating series of modules from neuroplasticity to motivation and resilience to name a few. Most importantly the course offers practical strategies designed to help move our coachees forward in such areas as changing behaviours and habits, improving focus and leadership skills. A+ !
Karen Lukanovich / MBA, PCC, Olympian
Being able to explain what happens in our brain is very important and helps a lot professionally.
I love the course, I love how you raise the issues, with scientific investigations, in a transparent way, with conclusive, less conclusive essays and even essays that propose contradictory theories. You explain very well and closely how to interpret scientific research and what conclusions can be drawn.
For me it is a great help for my work because it gives me more security when using criteria that I use from my own experience, intuition or work philosophy, such as creating an adequate work environment, the weight of the environment on the will, the balance mind body spirit, dividing a big goal into small steps etc. At the same time, being able to explain what happens in our brain during those moments is very important and helps a lot professionally.
On a personal level, it helps me more to deepen my self-knowledge and learning. I think it is very important for parents and leaders in general to know themselves and generate contexts in which people can give the best of themselves.
With the aim of deepening the videos, presentations and integrating the knowledge even more, I am teaching my family (Children, Nephews, Brothers) a small program every Saturday (1.5 hours) in which we go through and debate each chapter
Lino Pazó Pampillón / xherpa Director
I am very pleased with the course content and highly recommend it to executive coaches, organizational psychologists, and others wanting to gain a better understanding of how to engage others in a way that helps bring out the best in them
I had the opportunity to take Dr. O’Brien’s course on Neuroscience and was just delighted with the course! Each module naturally built upon the prior one which made the learning seamless. I appreciated the manner in which the neuroscience concepts were discussed as they accommodated a wide range of experience levels in the class. The concepts were nicely aligned and very practical with how the information could be used in a coaching practice as well as your personal life. The course also brought together a wide variety of students from around the United States, Canada and other countries. I very much appreciated a more global perspective on how these concepts could be applied. The international class fellowship made for a rich experience. I am very pleased with the course content and highly recommend it to executive coaches, organizational psychologists, and others wanting to gain a better understanding of how to engage others in a way that helps bring out the best in them.
Deb Mohesky / CEO/Founder, HealthStar Partners LLC
Dr. Irena O’Brien is already one of my favorite neuroscience experts. Now, I know she’s an excellent neuroscience instructor, too!
The Certificate in Applied Neuroscience For Coaches and Helping Professionals program that Dr. O’Brien has developed is excellent! It has been very beneficial for me to learn about the brain from a more holistic perspective. We learned how the brain affects the rest of your body and how the body affects your brain with your breathing, proper sleep, diet, and exercise. This is an amazing program for anyone to take.Whether your official title is coach or not, we are always assisting others with our words. With this program, you understand much more about how and why our words could possibly be received in many different ways. I highly recommend this program to anyone that interacts with others.
Dr. Reba Businsky, PhD, CPC / Assistant Professor, Harford Community College
Dr. O'Brien takes the science and extracts actionable tools and strategies to deliver results to clients . . .
Neuroscience, the science of the brain and nervous system, is the field coaches and counsellors are working in with every client they meet, whether they recognize it or not. It's our 'clay.' Dr. Irena O'Brien helps us take the science and extract practical, actionable tools and strategies to deliver results to clients. She is the real deal: patient, smart, and the person I turn to when I want to understand how to do better. Irena and The Neuroscience School are much-needed assets to the field of coaching.
Andrea J. Lee / andreajlee.com
I am much more mindful about what I want to feed my brain . . .
Being the founder of a coach training school and a Neuro Linguistic Programming Trainer I have taken many courses on behavioral science. Dr. O'Brien's course provided much more incite into how our brain machinery works. I am much more mindful about what I want to feed my brain. In addition she pulled the covers back on many of the so called online brain enhancement tools and how they don't work because our brains do not work that way. They seem logical but they are not. Excellent information and great to have the backup research to explain your points. Another great course Irena! Thank you!
Steven Kiges / Co-Founder / Director - TheCoachTrainingAcademy.com
The program itself is dynamic, incorporating new research in real time. The benefit to me and my clients is significant.
Dr. Irena is thoughtful, current, accurate and practical. The program itself is dynamic, incorporating new research in real time. Cohort work provides professional dialogue to amplify and reinforce both concept and application. This is an incredible value for the investment. The work is beneficial regardless of current levels of expertise, from the novice to experienced. My cohort was diverse, including therapists, coaches, consultants, specialized practitioners, students and more. The professional collaboration and tool sharing experienced during cohort calls is invigorating and interesting. I find myself watching recordings to reinforce ideas I may have missed, a first for me. The benefit to me and my clients is significant. Thank you!
Donna Schumell / CDO, The Disruptive Element
I feel I am a much more capable executive coach for having taken her certificate program, and best of all, my clients have really appreciated what I have been able to share.
I was delighted to be in Dr. O’Brien’s second certificate program held during the COVID 19 pandemic. She used the very latest neuroscience research as the foundation of her course. I enjoyed the module method she used to apply that neuroscience data to explain a wide variety of themes...from creating emotions and reducing stress, to increasing one’s resilience capability to improving one’s personal habits...all of which I then “translated” to share with my clients. Our weekly Zoom calls allowed me to bounce those ideas of how to do that with the peer group also taking the course. I feel I am a much more capable executive coach for having taken her certificate program, and best of all, my clients have really appreciated what I have been able to share. That is my measure of the benefit of this program.
Linda (Lynn) Saboe / Chair, BCC Community Practice
I have been able to incorporate my deeper understanding of neuroscience into my coaching practice resulting in a more informed and rich experience for my coachees.
I highly encourage coaches interested in delving into neuroscience to participate in Dr. Irena O'Brien's Neuroscience School program. Irena has developed a 14 module program that I found was up to date with current neuroscience concepts, was comprehensive and easy to digest. The modules were very easy to apply to my coaching. Irena is a researcher and she continually shared new articles and insights into the field of neuroscience. Her lectures were clear and very informative. They were backed up by easily downloadable handouts. She also provides a list of references for the referenced research, many with direct links to the source documents. I also appreciated the group calls where we could ask questions and hear Irena's thoughts about the various neuroscience topics. Finally, I have been able to incorporate my deeper understanding of neuroscience into my coaching practice resulting in a more informed and rich experience for my coachees.
Matt Kersey, Ph.D, PCC / President, Transition States Coaching & Training
My personal practice of Coaching and Training here in the Philippines has benefited immensely from the world-class training I had received
If one wishes to "M"aster the "M"ind, then one must look for the right "M"essenger, who shares the correct "M"essage, using the best "M"ethodology for imparting Information in the continually-developing of Neuroscience. Dr. Irena O'Brien's The Neuroscience School checks all "5 M's" perfectly. Dr. Irena's Modules are very cohesive and coherent in its treatment of the pertinent elements that one would need to know about Applied Neuroscience. My personal practice of Coaching and Training here in the Philippines has benefited immensely from the world-class training I had received. I would wholeheartedly give much credit to the training of Dr. Irena. Her warmth also encouraged the Class to bond and form relationships which I am certain would extend for many years to come.
Ben Ampil / Corporate Coach & Trainer
I loved this course and learned so many things that I am able to use with my coaching clients
My initial reason for enrolling in the Neuroscience Certificate course with Dr. Irena O’Brien was to get additional continuing coach education credits (CCEU’s). Several of my colleagues had taken neuroscience courses and I was very interested in what they were learning but I didn’t expect to find so many relevant topics and tools in one course. The course is presented in an easy to understand format for any level - beginner to advanced, provides tools and concepts that can be used immediately, and provides a wealth of neuroscience information in a relatively short period of time. I loved this course and learned so many things that I am able to use with my coaching clients. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about neuroscience!
Debbie Collard / Executive and Leadership Development Coach
She is deeply committed to all her students grasping the knowledge and applying it in their lives and with their clients
Irena’s program is thorough & updated on the relevant research done in Neuroscience. Her content is comprehensive and her blended learning approach with online modules with review on weekly phone calls to address questions is ideal. She is deeply committed to all her students grasping the knowledge and applying it in their lives and with their clients. This program is well worth the investment of time and money.
Susan Curtin / Insights4results, LLC
I recommend this course not just for coaches but also for professionals who are navigating challenges around health, nutrition, mental health and sustainable performance.
Shefali Salwan / Co-founder, CEO.works
One of the best things about this program is access to new data from studies and research in the field.
Dr. O’Brien’s Neuroscience School has been extremely helpful for me, as a Leadership and Team Coach. I better understand the connections between thinking, feeling, focus, and choices and behavior. Which helps me relate to what my clients are experiencing and better support their growth and change processes. One of the best things about this program is access to new data from studies and research in the field. The learning platform is easy to navigate and engaging, and learning in community is it’s own reward. Very valuable program! Thank you, Irena!
Susan Cedars / Executive Coach, Dallas/Forth Worth, USA
The course was very interesting, very informative, and very well structured with lots of references.
The course was very interesting, very informative, and very well structured with lots of references. I enjoyed doing it, going back to the materials and learning new things. The knowledge I got from it but also from the relevant material from the course, helped me explain many things to my coachees. Thank you once more for this wonderful experience.