307. Under Pressure: Competitive Sports, Mental Health, and Resilience

Resiliency, Coping Skills, and Positive Psychology, Saturday, April 13th 8:00 – 9:30 AM ,, Workshops


Zach Clinton, M.A. Ed Garrett, Psy.D.

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 the sporting arena is an essential aspect of society and culture that individuals use as a source of entertainment, pleasure, and an outlet from personal hardship. Undoubtedly, this “consumer” or “spectator” role that society has formed has crippled athletes into defining their success, worth, and value to a team, sport, and culture based on their level of performance. These unique stressors and pressures to constantly “win” and “perform well” raise a significant concern for athletes during times of pressure, adversity, and failure. As a result, mental health, including internal feelings and self-conscious emotions such as guilt and shame, is increasingly becoming a significant area of consideration and investigation due to the psychological challenges associated with the public display of failure in sports performance. However, two specific areas of developing research have been identified to improve athletes’ psychological well-being, including mental toughness and resilience. Psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, and ministry leaders will receive hands-on training on sport and performance psychology tools during this workshop. Participants will examine several evidence-based sports psychology approaches that can help athletes enhance their mental toughness and resilience, as well as overcome sport-based shame following the challenges and adversity they will inevitably face in athletic competition.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

Identify core concepts related to mental toughness and resilience and their application to athletics.

Examine and apply sport and performance psychology consulting techniques focused on mindfulness.

Apply cognitive and behavioral theories/models related to the mental health of sports.