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Virtual CE: Sports and Performance Psychology Techniques Applied to Psychotherapy with Non-Athletes
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When: Friday, August 7, 2020
Where: Zoom Webinar
United States
Presenter: Luis F. Valdes, PhD
Contact: Hannah Steinberg, Marketing Specialist and Administrator

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Sports and Performance Psychology Techniques Applied to Psychotherapy with Non-Athletes

Live Zoom Webinar

CE Hours: 6


Workshop Description: 

Recent events in the area of sports and athletics have highlighted an increased awareness of the importance of mental health.  Many professional athletes have acknowledged their individual struggles, thereby removing the stigma of seeking assistance.  Concurrently, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness, neuroscience, technology and other performance-oriented psychotherapeutic techniques by sports and performance psychologists as well as other mental conditioning coaches to enhance performance.  The concept of a mental core is useful in the understanding and use of these techniques. 

The mental core consists of one’s overall Internal Dialogue/Self-Talk, Preparation Skills, Recovery Skills, Emotional Intelligence (EI), Systems Thinking, and Mindfulness Skills.  The concept of the mental core creates a solid, fundamental, and broad base for your overall mental fitness.

This workshop provides a unique view of the future of psychotherapeutic interventions through the investigation of an integrated approach to mental fitness.  The concept of the mental core will be introduced, and the participants will be exposed to the various tools, techniques and skills associated with the concept.  (Intermediate)


Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the components of an individual’s Mental Core as it applies to mental fitness and conditioning.
  2. Assess the current psychotherapeutic tools and applications of neuroscience and technology available for clinicians.
  3. Summarize the various aspects of grit, resilience, and emotional intelligence that can be integrated into a successful individual treatment program. 
  4. Explain the use of the concept of fixed vs. growth mindset.
  5. Discuss the usefulness of the concept of Continuous Improvement in psychotherapeutic intervention.
  6. Summarize the distinction between mental health and mental fitness.


      About the Presenter:

      Dr. Valdes is in a diversified independent practice as a licensed psychologist in Decatur, GA.  Dr. Valdes previously served as Clinical Services Coordinator at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He served as Director of Outreach Services at the University of Notre Dame Counseling Center and the University of Texas at Austin Counseling and Career Services Center.  He served as their Coordinator of Outreach and Consultation Services in which he supervised and frequently delivered their various workshop, training and consultation services.  His next career move took him into the world of corporate consulting, training, and coaching.  He was employed at RHR International, the Turknett Leadership Group, and TalentQuest. Since 2008, his current practice provides a full range of assessment and psychotherapy services, corporate consulting services, and performance psychology services for elite and aspiring high-performance athletes and other professionals.


      Registration Costs (per workshop): 

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before July 24, 2020 to receive this rate.)

      • $140: GPA Members
      • $170: Non-members
      • $50: *GPA Student Members

      Registration (After July 24, 2020)

      • $150: GPA Members
      • $180: Non-members
      • $60: *GPA Student Members

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      *If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.


      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah Steinberg via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to July 24, 2020. No refunds will be given after July 24, 2020.

      The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.