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CSPA Alberta Regional Conference 2019

Upcoming Applied Sport Psychology Continuing Education Opportunity in Calgary, AB

The AB region of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA) will be hosting a 1 and ½ day symposium consisting of a wide variety of topics on Thursday and Friday, June 6 and 7, 2019. Thursday schedule will be late afternoon, 3:00 - 5:00 pm with a social event to wrap up the day. Friday will be a full day of athletes and professionals sharing their stories, knowledge and expertise. The focus of these two days is to provide professionals, academics, and students in the field with a professional development opportunity with time to collaborate, network and ultimately build relationships and knowledge. Please contact Clare Fewster at if you require further information.

Highlighted Speakers

​​Shaunna Taylor, PhD

Mental Performance Consultant

CSPA Professional Member

Dr. Shaunna Taylor is the Executive Director of PacificSport Okanagan, and she is committed to developing athletes and coaches in the BC Interior. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia in the High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership program, and is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. Shaunna was formerly a coaching consultant at the Coaching Association of Canada, and she sits as a member of the SportMedBC High Performance Committee, and the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) Women in Sport Committee.

She has been consulting with coaches and athletes from grassroots to the Olympic/Paralympic level for over 15 years, involved in athlete and integrated team support for over 6 Major Games cycles. Shaunna has a special interest in providing a holistic sport system that promotes equity, fair play and accessibility for all. Her current research interests are projects pertaining to coaching athletes with a disability, promoting positive self image in sport, and adding to a sport landscape that empowers female athletes and leaders.

Danielle Lappage

68kg Canadian Olympic Freestyle Wrestler

Danielle Lappage achieved the first major international highlight of her career in 2010 when she was crowned world junior champion at 63kg. In 2012 she captured a bronze medal at the World University Championships. Lappage was first exposed to international multi-sport competition in 2013 when she won gold at the Jeux de la Francophonie and competed at the Universiade, placing 11th. As national champion in 2014, Lappage won gold at the World University Championships, the Commonwealth Games and the Austrian Ladies Open. She also made her debut at the senior world championships where she finished in the top eight. But a month later, she tore her right ACL and had to undergo reconstructive surgery in November 2014, leading to a long recovery period. After just one international competition in late 2015, Lappage started 2016 with a gold medal at the Olympic test event in Rio and added another tournament win in May at the Grand Prix of Germany. Lappage made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 but sustained an injury in her opening match, putting an early end to her Games. In 2018, Lappage won 65kg silver at the World Wrestling Championships.

Karen MacNeill, PhD

Registered Psychologist

CSPA Professional Member

Dr. Karen MacNeill has the unique experience of having both competed and consulted on the World Stage. She is a registered psychologist and performance consultant with over 18 years of experience helping Olympians, organizations and business leaders consistently bring their best in high pressure situations. She has worked with athletes competing at the last 5 Olympic Winter Games, mentally preparing Olympians to Gold medal performances. Karen applied her expertise in her capacity as manager of sport psychology services for VANOC medical team at the 2010 Olympic Games. Most recently, she was the Lead Mental Health Counsellor for the Canadian Olympic Team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea.

Frank van den Berg, MSc

Mental Performance Consultant

CSPA Professional Member

Frank van den Berg graduated in 1995 from the University in Groningen, The Netherlands, with Master's degrees in developmental psychology and sport psychology. He has worked as a sport psychologist and mental performance consultant with numerous national and developmental team athletes, teams and coaches in The Netherlands and – since 2005 – in Canada. Currently he is Director Mental Performance with the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary and is a professional member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association. Frank provides various services to optimize preparedness and readiness of athletes, teams and their coaches to meet performance demands in training and competition, including mental training & coaching, psychometric assessment, biofeedback training, eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR), teambuilding, coach support & education, and psychological first aid/crisis intervention in sport. Since 2010 Frank uses EMDR to help athletes overcome various difficulties and dysfunction in sport that are based on underlying past and present negative or traumatic experiences, big or small, that interfere with adaptive functioning, performance or well-being. Typical reasons to utilize EMDR are performance anxiety, fear/history of failure, return to sport after injury, disordered eating, low self-confidence, negative self-image, performance blocks/Lost Move Syndrome.

Jason Sjostrom

Director of Coaching - CSI Calgary

Jason Sjostrom is the Director of Coaching for the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. Through his work at a national level developing coach education pathways, Jason has been advocating for Safe and Inclusive Sport to be a critical component of how we train coaches. Currently working through a Masters in Education with a specialization in learning design, Jason is passionate about how we can improve what and how we encourage life-long learning in the sport system.

Susan Cockle, MA

Registered Psychologist

CSPA Professional Member