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Upcoming Applied Sport Psychology Continuing Education Opportunity in Abbotsford, BC

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.

The intended schedule for the conference can be found here:

In addition, for those interested in a pre-workshop networking opportunity, we will be meeting at Match Eatery & Pub at the Cascades Casino Langley (20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC, V8A 7N2) Friday May 4th 7 – 9:30 pm.

Early Bird registration ends Monday April 30th, 2018. The final deadline for registration is May 5th. Registration rates and enrolment can be found here:

Registration Form can be found here:

The Coast Langley Hotel (604-530-1500; will be the proud host hotel for participants taking part in the meetings between May 4 - 6th. The Coast Langley hotel (20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC, V8A 7N2) is located approximately 30 minute drive to the University campus. There is a complementary wireless high speed internet, and free parking. A group booking at reduced rates has been secured for 10 rooms for those who book prior to April 4th. Standard room rate at $155 CND/night (double occupancy). Phone 604-859-7263 and ask for “The Canadian Sport Psychology Association” rate.

We hope you will be able to attend this wonderful opportunity in Abbotsford BC.

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