The Neuroscience of Stress

Learning Focus
Support and Wellbeing
Start Date
28 Aug, 2024
Enrol by
21 Aug, 2024
Program Description

Principal Capability Framework (PCF): S4, K6.

Part 1
In this foundational session, participants will gain an understanding of stress from a neuroscience perspective. We will delve into the evolutionary purpose of stress, exploring the role of key brain structures involved. The neurochemical basis of stress, its impact on bodily functions, and the long-term effects on the brain will be examined.
Part 2
Building on the foundation laid in the first session, the second installment shifts the focus from theory to practicality. Participants explore lifestyle factors that significantly influence stress, from the crucial role of sleep in regulation to the impact of nutrition and physical activity.
Part 3
The final session integrates science and practical strategies for effective stress management. Primarily, the focus will be on exploring mindfulness and cognitive-behavioural techniques. The session will feature interactive activities aimed at enhancing understanding and encouraging the application of these techniques in daily life.

Program Outcomes

Part 1

  • Understanding of the physiological foundations of stress
  • Insight into the evolutionary aspects shaping stress responses
  • Knowledge of the neural pathways and brain structures involved in the stress response
  • Understanding the dynamics of stress hormones and their effects on overall health

Part 2

  • Practical tips for incorporating stress reduction into daily life
  • Insight into the impact of sleep, nutrition, and physical activity on stress

Part 3

  • Practical techniques for stress management grounded in neuroscience
  • Insight into the transformative effects of mindfulness on the brain
  • Tools for implementing cognitive-behavioural techniques for stress reduction
Australian Professional Standards


  • Developing self and others
Location, Date & Time

This program will take place online with three sessions over the course of Term 1, Term 2 & Term 3 through online, interactive sessions – 9:45 am – 10:45 am

Term 1 (2024)

  • Part 1 – Wednesday 20th March

Term 2 (2024)

  • Part 2 – Tuesday 11th June

Term 3 (2024)

  • Part 3 – Wednesday 28th August