Seminars

Karen Ferry is a dynamic presenter and educator. if you would like to host any of the following seminars at your workplace, school or in your community,
please contact us.

For further information about Karen’s education and behaviour consultancy,
go to www.brainsmarteducation.com


Lovers of Learning
vs.
Curiosity Killers

This seminar looks at memory and how memories form - which is the basis for all

learning. It outlines memory development and highlights that learning ability is

influenced not only by our genes, but the environment we live in. It gives

current neuroscientific understanding into why some individuals are more curious

than others and gives tips on enhancing curiosity and learning - from infancy into

old, old age.

TIME FRAME

Approximately 2.5 hours (2 x 1 hour sessions with a break and time for questions)


TARGET AUDIENCE

People that would find this seminar of interest would be those that are interested

in how we learn. This would include teachers, parents, grandparents, coaches,

CEO’s or anyone that leads a team where learning takes place. This seminar may

also be of interest to those that want to understand more about why we adopt

certain behaviours and takes a brief look at OCD, stress, anxiety, anger and

withdrawal behaviours.


Life is About Relationships

This seminar looks at relationships from a neuroscience perspective! There are no

magic secrets, just tips on how getting along with others can be enhanced when

we have an understanding of brain development and our basic human

psychological needs. It provides insights into why some relationships fail, why

some barely survive and why other relationships seem to survive and thrive!


TIME FRAME

Approximately 2.5 hours (2 x 1 hour sessions with a break and time for questions)


TARGET AUDIENCE

This seminar is for people who are interested in learning about how relationships

form. It would be of particular interest for those in relationships, those wanting

to be in a relationship, married couples, families, work colleagues, those in

business, colleagues in the work environment, church members, students and

anyone who wants to know about building or strengthening their connections

with others.


When Life Throws Curveballs

Life doesn’t always go as planned! Unfortunate and sometimes tragic situations

happen and individuals can find themselves caught up in extraordinary events

that are frightening or perhaps even life-threatening. This seminar highlights

patterns of behaviour that commonly develop as the brain tries to adapt to

situations of grief and pain after we experience a situation of loss. It offers

strategies to help the brain recover from loss and move forward from that ‘stuck’

place when a person’s world is turned upside down.


TIME FRAME

Approximately 2.5 hours (2 x 1 hour sessions with a break and time for questions)


TARGET AUDIENCE

People who are interested in learning about coping after situations of loss, be

that loss through the death of a loved one, separation and divorce, financial loss,

moving house, experiencing a chronic illness where life needs have changed

considerably. This seminar also looks at loss through the eyes of a child, and is

therefore most relevant to parents, caregivers, teachers and all those who work

with children.


Sticks and Stones and Words that Hurt

This seminar uncovers bullying and harassment from a neuroscience perspective.

It highlights certain genetic predispositions and environmental influences that

can lead to someone becoming a bully, and the behaviours commonly adopted

when individuals find themselves victims.


TIME FRAME

Approximately 2.5 hours (2 x 1 hour sessions with a break and time for questions)


TARGET AUDIENCE

People who have been affected by bullying or harassment and are interested in

the neuroscientific explanations of how behaviours develop. It would be of

special interest to those in the workplace, school or a family situation where they

find themselves being the target of a bully.


The Gift and The Curse of Pain

We see physical pain as a nuisance - at the very least! But we know that pain can

also be debilitating, restricting and imprisoning. What are the neural mechanisms

around the feeling of pain, and what is our brain telling us? How can we boost

the brain’s natural pain killers and is there a way to manage pain better?

There is also a strong linguistic overlap between physical and social (emotional)

pain. We commonly hear phrases “I’m so cut up about it”, “He really hurt me”,

“They stabbed me in the back”. This seminar also looks at the neuroscience of

social pain and how it correlates with physical pain.


TIME FRAME

Approximately 2.5 hours (2 x 1 hour sessions with a break and time for questions)


TARGET AUDIENCE

This seminar would be of interest to any person who has ever been in pain! It is

particularly relevant for parents, caregivers, teachers and all those who work with

children to help them understand how to deal with situations of pain, both

physical pain and emotional pain. It is also of high relevance to those in

managerial positions, in church office, in administration of any kind to

understand the neuroscience behind when employees or team members

experience situations of pain.


Who’s the Boss is Not Nearly as Important as How He/She ‘Bosses’

This seminar discusses the neuroscience underpinning effective leadership. It

includes brain-based strategies for engaging employees, staff and building a team

that works with, rather than against those called to lead. Current Neuroscience

research also gives understanding into why the ever-changing work environment

is so difficult for some and gives effective brain-based strategies for coping with

changing environments.


TIME FRAME

Approximately 2.5 hours (2 x 1 hour sessions with a break and time for questions)


TARGET AUDIENCE

People who are interested in effective leadership skills that enable

empowerment rather than anxiety and resistance in employees. This seminar is

particularly relevant for Business Managers and CEO’s in the corporate world,

Principals and Administrators in school organisations, Community Project

Leaders, and parental leaders in a family setting. It is also relevant to those who

find change difficult, whether that be moving house, changing offices or coping

with employment restructures.


No One Ever Told Me it Would be this Hard

This seminar discusses the joy and the pain of raising children. It looks at how

safe attachments grow emotionally healthy children, and what the term ‘safe

attachments’ actually looks like within the family environment, and why this area

is so important for the healthy emotional development of our children and young

people.


TIME FRAME

Approximately 2.5 hours (2 x 1 hour sessions with a break and time for questions)


TARGET AUDIENCE

People who are interested in the neuroscience behind raising healthy children,

and how to grow a healthy child’s brain. This information is of high importance

for mums and dads, grand-parents, aunties and uncles, caregivers and teachers!

In fact, this is essential information for anyone who looks after young children, or

was once a child!