Neuroscience and Learning

Back in 2014, Denise Nolan, L&D Special Interest Group Lead organised an event exploring neuroscience insights for workplace training.

1.LeadChange: Case Study and Assessment of Equine Facilitated Learning.

2.Cruising Through Mindfulness: Formal and informal mindfulness techniques.

  1. Further to the interest shown at the Annual Meeting, Samantha Jones returned with evidence-based research on the benefits of equine guided learning and video clips.  LeadChange develops the leadership and communication skills of company executives and others through experiential workshops with horses. With their prey instincts and hypersensitive awareness, horses read the truth in our energy and body language and react to what they see. Clients tell LeadChange about their increase in personal impact and effectiveness.
  1. Research suggests that mindfulness has a positive effect on the structure of our brains in addition to supporting psychological health. The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 2014 survey found that *48% of people are more stressed now than they were 5 years ago, *32% say their job causes more stress than anything else in their life, *37% of people would be more likely to accept an offer of coaching from their employer than counselling. Could mindfulness coaching help here?  ILM magazine published an article on the ‘hot topic’ of mindfulness and shows Mark Head, a trainer of therapists and supervisors exploring mindfulness in more detail.

Irene Wales and Clare Rusk provided a unique experience in mindfulness training based on a full day workshop delivered to small groups of around 6 people aboard a narrow boat. Delegates enjoyed a comprehensive overview of the neuroscience of mindfulness and evidence-based research. Explanations of the important mental and physical health benefits of mindfulness practice with useful handouts. You will also learn practical mindfulness techniques to use in preventing or reducing stress, anxiety or depression.


Samantha Jones FCIPD has over 20yrs international professional experience in human resources development, holding executive roles across a number of Fortune 500, FTSE 250 and leading academic institutions. Samantha has a PhD in Psychology, is a highly experienced facilitator and is working towards an MSc in Equine Science.

Irene Wales is an experienced Mental Health Social Worker; an Approved Mental Health Practitioner and Best Interests Assessor, has trained in Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural and Solution Focused Counselling; is a Master Clinical Hypnotherapist, Master NLP Practitioner, Mindfulness Coach, EFT Practitioner and currently in Advanced Clinical Training in Psychotherapy.

Clare Rusk is a Master Hypnotherapist, Master NLP Practitioner, Mindfulness Coach, EFT Practitioner and Bereavement Therapist, and is currently in Advanced Clinical Training in Psychotherapy.

Location Manchester, England E-mail Hours Our hours vary according to our programme.
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