005. When the Pressure is Too Much: Kids, Performance, and Perfectionism in Sports, Academics, and Everyday Life

Morning Workshops (8:30 – 11:45 AM)


Karl Benzio, M.D. Zach Clinton, M.A.

CE Credits


Professional CE Credit

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors,

IBCC Credit

Pastoral Counselors, Pastors, Teachers, Coaches,

CME/CEU Credit

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners,



It is no secret that today’s youth struggle with managing stress and anxiety related to performance and perfectionism in multiple areas of their lives. As a result, kids are getting lost and desperately seeking help, hope, and encouragement. This workshop’s presenters are very familiar with the stress and immense pressure to achieve at the highest levels of sports and academics. As such, they understand the complexities inherent in this arena. In this workshop, psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders will be encouraged, educated, and equipped to more effectively recognize the first signs of the physical and mental health challenges facing our youth and adolescents today that are associated with the pressure to achieve. Participants will be able to identify the psychological and physical symptoms of perfectionism can have on our next generation, as well as implement effective strategies, techniques, and principles to help kids manage stress, overcome anxiety, handle pressure, and unlock their greatest potential when needed most.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
1. Identify psychological and physical symptoms of heightened pressure of perfectionism within our youth and adolescents and when to seek professional help.
2. Describe three major neurological effects of psychological pressure and trauma and their impact on decision-making and holistic wellness.
3. Explain the role of spirit, mind, and body on brain neuroplasticity to increase one’s resilience to perform to the best of one’s capability when it matters most—no matter the pressure level.