Curriculum

Each course in the Building Healthy Brains program is based on the most current neuroscience research. With the transition-age brain at the center of each area of study, you’ll have the opportunity to explore many aspects of physical and mental health, learning techniques to support youth in your care, while also opening your eyes to ways you might improve your own physical and mental well-being. See below for the course schedule and descriptions.

  • Note: Upon registration of each course, you will have access to the course materials for six months. Each course contains four modules. In order to receive your digital badge, you must finish the four modules within the six-month period.

Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies IRegister for course: available October 6, 2021

Science of Happiness I Register for course: available November 3, 2021

Sleep & Your Brain IRegister for course: available December 1, 2021

Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies IIRegister for course: available February 2, 2022

Science of Happiness IIRegister for course: available March 2, 2022

Sleep & Your Brain IIRegister for course: available April 6, 2022

Course Descriptions

  • Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies I Course Availability: October 6, 2021

Instructors: William Copeland, PhD, and Ellen McGinnis, PhD

Designed as a two-part course, the primary goal of Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies is to understand the interplay between your environment, epigenome, brain, and behaviors. Your environment and what you do impacts the structure and function of your brain, and therefore your subsequent thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. These courses involve fundamental information on epigenetics, brain structure and function across development, as well as typical behavioral and emotional functioning. The courses are designed to help you support youth in your care in understanding the impacts of their choices, and to help you guide them toward healthier behaviors.

Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies I can be taken as a stand-alone course. To take Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies II, you must first complete Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies I.

  • Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies II Course Availability: February 2, 2022

Instructors: William Copeland, PhD, and Ellen McGinnis, PhD

Designed as a two-part course, the primary goal of Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies is to understand the interplay between your environment, epigenome, brain, and behaviors. Your environment and what you do impacts the structure and function of your brain, and therefore your subsequent thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. These courses involve fundamental information on epigenetics, brain structure and function across development, as well as typical behavioral and emotional functioning. The courses are designed to help you support youth in your care in understanding the impacts of their choices, and to help you guide them toward healthier behaviors.

Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies I can be taken as a stand-alone course. To take Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies II, you must first complete Healthy Brains Healthy Bodies I.

  • Science of Happiness I Course Availability:  November 3, 2021

Instructors: William Copeland, PhD, and Andrew Rosenfeld, MD

In Science of Happiness I & II, we will survey the science of well-being with a focus on replacing the standard medical approaches of curing illness or reducing dysfunction, in favor of pursuits such as making meaning, pursuing goals, enhancing well-being, and fulfilling potential. To this end, we will explore the following facets of “happiness”:

  • The neuroscientific and genetic base of happiness
  • What distinguishes one happiness from another
  • How “happinesses” interact in daily living
  • What elements of happiness are changeable
  • How one would go about optimizing positive experiences in one’s life and/or the broader community

The course has an experiential design—it is essential that you are actively engaged in experimentation with these concepts, assaying the tenets, structure, and limits of your own happiness.

Science of Happiness I can be taken as a stand-alone course. To take Science of Happiness II, you must first complete Science of Happiness I.

  • Science of Happiness II Course Availability: March 2, 2022

Instructors: William Copeland, PhD, and Andrew Rosenfeld, MD

In Science of Happiness I & II, we will survey the science of well-being with a focus on replacing the standard medical approaches of curing illness or reducing dysfunction, in favor of pursuits such as making meaning, pursuing goals, enhancing well-being, and fulfilling potential. To this end, we will explore the following facets of “happiness”:

  • The neuroscientific and genetic base of happiness
  • What distinguishes one happiness from another
  • How “happinesses” interact in daily living
  • What elements of happiness are changeable
  • How one would go about optimizing positive experiences in one’s life and/or the broader community

The course has an experiential design—it is essential that you are actively engaged in experimentation with these concepts, assaying the tenets, structure, and limits of your own happiness.

Science of Happiness I can be taken as a stand-alone course. To take Science of Happiness II, you must first complete Science of Happiness I.

  • Sleep & Your Brain I Course Availability: December 1, 2021

Instructor: Jim Hudziak, MD

It is well known that getting adequate sleep is vital for optimal living. What isn’t as well known is the brain science behind why it’s so important that we all learn how to improve our sleep habits. In Sleep & Your Brain I & II, we delve into the following topics:

  • The neurological implications of inadequate sleep
  • Developmental aspects of sleep across the age spectrum
  • Special populations, such as night-shift workers and parents of infants

These courses focus on improving sleep hygiene in order to improve our own physical and mental health.

Sleep & Your Brain I can be taken as a stand-alone course. To take Sleep & Your Brain II, you must first complete Sleep & Your Brain I.

  • Sleep & Your Brain II Course Availability: April 6, 2022

Instructor: Jim Hudziak, MD

It is well known that getting adequate sleep is vital for optimal living. What isn’t as well known is the brain science behind why it’s so important that we all learn how to improve our sleep habits. In Sleep & Your Brain I & II, we delve into the following topics:

  • The neurological implications of inadequate sleep
  • Developmental aspects of sleep across the age spectrum
  • Special populations, such as night-shift workers and parents of infants

These courses focus on improving sleep hygiene in order to improve our own physical and mental health.

Sleep & Your Brain I can be taken as a stand-alone course. To take Sleep & Your Brain II, you must first complete Sleep & Your Brain I.