9. Using Neuroscience to support an Emotionally Resilient & Mindful School

Understanding the child's brain to enable practical tips and strategies to enable resilience across the school environment

Stresses are a part of life for us all. A cornerstone of good mental health for both students and Teachers is resilience in the face of these stresses. The aim of this course is to use the Actualise Academy Model of Neuroscience, Clinical/Emotional Psychology and Behavioural Science to introduce teachers to the cognitive, emotional and behavioural factors that impact upon both teacher and student well-being.

Topics covered include brain basics, healthy emotional regulation, and the Stop/Think/Do Model.

Our comprehensive lesson plans and resources provide you and your learners with the skills to overcome challenges and thrive both at home and in school.


Here is a list of the modules in this course, with the learning outcomes of each. We also build in School Self Evaluation into all courses, making the SSE Process as smooth as possible:

Module 1: Brain Basics. Participants will learn:

  • Basic functions of the brain, including the limbic system and the neocortex. This introduction will outline the mechanisms by which mindfulness and other simple techniques can improve wellness and emotional resilience

Module 2: Controlling Your Body To Control Your Mind. Participants will:

  • Engage in an analysis of the physiology of mindfulness and breathing, and how they directly affect brain function. Through this mechanism we will learn about ways to control physiology in order to maintain mental wellbeing, which will be beneficial to both teacher and student

Module 3: Healthy Emotional Regulation. Participants will learn:

  • How developmental psychology and models of emotion regulation help us understand how emotion interacts with thoughts and behaviour and provide foundational tools for encouraging healthy emotional regulation.

Module 4: Key Psychological Skills & Habits. Participants learn about:

  • Behavioural psychology, and the psychology of habit. Approaches to health behaviour and welllness will be discussed in the context of a Cognitive Behavioural Approach. Students will interact and learn about behavioural techniques that they can teach to their students to improve emotional resilience.

Module 5: Stop. Think. Do. Participants learn:

  • Practice-based material that will give teachers the skills to teach Stop, Think, Do as well as other coping and tolerance skills. The Check In, Check Out (CICO) system of intensive interaction will also be discussed with the framework of the promotion of healthy school interactions.

Additional Resources Available With This Course:

Additional resources include plans, podcasts, research articles, guides, posters and much more.

"The course leaders were very quick to respond with feedback. I enjoyed completing the course which was well laid out and contained a lot of useful information. There is also an abundance of additional resources available to read and download. i would definitely recommend this course and will consider Actualise Academy again for my CPD needs. Thank you!

- Ms. Eileen O'Connor

Your Instructor

Michael Keane PhD
Michael Keane PhD

Michael is a Behavioural Neuroscientist who has founded and runs Ireland’s largest Neurofeedback Training and Psychology Clinic. He works with a number of charities too, including A Lust For Life. He is particularly interested in how understanding the brain can help us to make sense of behaviour and mental health. He is a firm believer in empowering people with an understanding of how brains work, because with that knowledge we can help understand each other better and reduce stigma associated with mental health.

Michael has run two marathons in Ireland, and if his dodgy knees hold up, hopes to run the Two Oceans marathon in South Africa some day!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Actualise Academy Courses approved by the DES for EPV days?
Yes, all 10 courses are approved for EPV days. The courses (20 hours) carry the entitlement of 3 EPV days for Primary Teachers.
Is there a limit to how many courses can I do for EPV days?
Yes, the DES has imposed a limit of 5 EPV days in any one year. This 5 day entitlement can be reached by doing any 3 of our courses: 1 ONLINE COURSE entitles you to claim 3 EPV DAYS 2 ONLINE COURSES entitles you to claim 4 EPV DAYS 3 ONLINE COURSES entitles you to claim 5 EPV DAYS
How much do the courses cost?
Courses cost €75 for one, €100 for two and €120 for three. If you pre-register and book early, or if you took one of our courses last year, you can avail of a €20 discount.
What are the course completion requirements? How much work is involved?
Courses are run online. Courses consist of a total of 20 hours each, with 20 hours of optional material and resources for you. There will be lots of complementary material for you online too. The course is divided into 5 modules x 4 hours each. Each module module breaks down into some hours of online work (lectures, MCQs) and some offline for self-directed learning (e.g. recommended videos, reading, etc.). You can do the course entirely at your own pace, and can even do it on mobile if you are on the move! Assessment of the course is as follows: 1. Multiple choice questions and short answer questions are interspersed through the 5 modules on each course, and are based on the content you will have just seen; 2. Each module requires a short reflective piece, asking you to think through how you will apply the material you have just learned to your own learning environment; 3. You must engage with the online forums for each course. Please note: You must must complete assignments for each module before moving to the next module.
When can I access my course?
All courses will be accessible from July to August 2019. Once you buy a place, you will be able to begin almost immediately.
How do I access my course?
Once you purchase a course, the material will be available to you almost immediately.
How do I deal with passwords/logins? I’m not very tech-savvy!
Our new platform is really simple to use, and the whole course runs automatically. It will pick up where you left off before, and it is really intuitive to use.
How much time is required of me?
All EPV courses must be scheduled for 20 hours. In our courses, only some of that time is online, and some is done in your own time offline. with optional work offline, We have also made sure there are lots of practical, complimentary resources available for you.
How will I get my certificate of completion?
Once you successfully complete the course, a certificate will be generated for you within a short time.

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