Student networking opportunity – UFV to host Canadian Sport Psychology Association conference

Are you interested in helping athletes achieve optimal mental wellness to enhance their performance in sport? Do you want to dig deeper into how sport and exercise affect mental, emotional, and physical health? Join professionals in the sport psychology field at UFV for upcoming applied sport psychology continuing education opportunity.

The BC region of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA) will be hosting a 1-day workshop consisting of three sessions on Saturday May 5th, 2018 at the University of the Fraser Valley Abbotsford campus.  The day will run from 8:30 am until 5 pm.  Participants will take part in three sessions let by experts in the field of sport psychology intermixed by breaks for networking opportunities.

Session 1: Supporting More Than Performance: Exploring best practice in supporting athletes’ well-being
Facilitator(s): Ms. Leanne Fielding, MA, CCC, MPC; Dr. Sharleen Hoar, MPC.

This experiential session will utilize attendees’ expertise to illuminate best practice for assisting athletes’ management of challenging performance scenarios. Case studies, based on real-world high performance competitive experiences, will be examined through both small and large group discussions.  Participants will gain an increased awareness of the facets of mental performance and mental wellness that impact high performance sport performers as well as engage in creative problem solving to expand personal practice.

Session 2: Supervision: Perspectives from the panel
Panelists: Dr. Laura Farres, MPC; Ms. Sarah Kiengersky, MPC; Mr. Geoff Hackett; Mr. Zoran Stojkovic
Facilitator: Ms. Leanne Fielding, MA, CCC, MPC

A combined supervisor and supervisee panel provides a rich opportunity to explore some of the logistics, dynamics, and challenges of supervision within the context of Mental Performance Consulting. Through a question and answer format, the panel will share knowledge and experience for student CSPA members looking to identify potential supervisors and professional members who may be looking to expand their practice and provide student supervision.

Session 3: Insights and Discussion with Kelowna Chiefs Forward and Creator Myles Mattila on Mental Health Advocacy
Moderator: Leanne Fielding
Speaker: Myles Mattila

Myles discusses his experiences on becoming an advocate for young athletes suffering with mental illness. This discussion will provide first-hand insight on being a mental health advocate as a young athlete and his experiences developing an online mental health resource. In 2017, Mattila received the prestigious BC Hockey President’s Award and also received praise from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his mental health advocacy. Myles has spoken to groups all across Canada and the world on his experiences and development of In addition, Myles’ story and advocacy have been featured on Hockey Night in Canada, Rogers Sportsnet, and Global News.

Carl Nienhuis

Early Bird registration ends Monday April 30th, 2018.  The final deadline for registration is May 5th. Registration rates and enrollment available online.

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