Oxford brain story
The University of Oxford, in partnership with the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, is working to share knowledge about the science of brain development for families and professionals. This is important information for everybody to understand how our earliest experiences can affect our long-term mental and physical health.
UPDATED AND AVAILABLE IN FRENCH
Welcome to the new Brain Story Certification Course – we improved the learning experience based on your feedback. The new course has been streamlined and is more concise, but continues to provide a deeper understanding of brain development and its connection to addiction and mental health. The course now includes a new bibliography, a new glossary, an improved navigation system, updated videos and reflective questions in each module.
Participants asked for a French-language version of the course, and now that's available too. Thanks to the generous support of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), the entire course has been translated, so you can opt to learn in either English or French.
Are you a Brain Story Certification Course graduate? Congratulations, and thank you for your invaluable feedback! Please note that these updates have no effect on the certification status of course graduates.
What You’ll Learn
Lifelong health is determined by more than just our genes: experiences at sensitive periods of development change the brain in ways that increase or decrease risk for later physical and mental illness, including addiction. That finding is the premise of the Brain Story, which puts scientific concepts into a narrative that is salient to both expert and non-expert audiences. The Brain Story synthesizes decades of research and reflects a body of knowledge that experts agree is useful for policy-makers and citizens to understand.
The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) has developed an online course to make Brain Story science available to professionals and the public. Brain Story Certification is designed for those seeking a deeper understanding of brain development and its consequences for lifelong health. The course is also designed for professionals seeking certification in a wide range of fields.
Have questions about the course or would like further details? Contact us.
Brain story certification
A free, in-depth course for anyone who wants to learn more about the science of brain development.
- Videos of more than 30 leading experts in neurobiology and mental health
- Certification in Brain Story science
- 19 modules self-paced
Brain Story Certification is a course endorsed by our Curriculum Committee. For a comprehensive description of the course contents, download the course outline.
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Brain Story Certification is open to anyone at no cost to the learner.
WHAT GRADUATES SAY
Find out how recent graduates of the Brain Story Certification course are applying this knowledge in their lives, families, and communities. Watch all 6 videos below.