Pre-conference Continuing Education Workshop
Friday, March 29, 2019
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
“Helping your Clients Ride the Waves: Incorporating Mindfulness into your Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Practice”
Workshop Description: This CE workshop will focus on Mindfulness and Meditation as a potential strategy for practitioners to utilize with their unique sport, exercise, and performance populations. We will focus on mindfulness as a strategy for athletes/performers/etc. to in essence help them “help themselves” and in doing so allow themselves to be their best. We will highlight that mindfulness is not just about sport/etc., but a self-care and enhancement strategy for life overall, which will in turn help performance on the field/classroom/etc. We will also touch on the ability for mindfulness practice to help us as practitioners to be our best for those we work with. The workshop will be a combination of education, discussion, practice, and reflection. The overall aim is to increase practitioner knowledge and expertise, and leave with practical strategies for implementing mindfulness and meditation training.
An important part of utilizing and teaching mindfulness as practitioners is having a genuine understanding of what mindfulness is and isn’t, thus the first part of the workshop will focus on discussing and defining mindfulness. We will utilize a combination of academic understandings and applied experiences to illustrate key aspects of mindfulness. We will challenge “popular” conceptions of and myths about mindfulness. We will also encourage discussion of participants’ understandings of mindfulness and meditation.
We will explore some of the key ways mindfulness can be of benefit in the sport, exercise, performance arena. For example, decreasing emotional reactivity and the ability to ride the waves of emotions more skillfully; not see emotions as enemy or good/bad, but instead for them to be welcomed and to change our relationship with them. Also, understanding how mindfulness helps us shift from being reactive (habitual, automatic) to being responsive (chosen, intentional).
While diving into the definitions, research, and talking about mindfulness is part of developing a genuine understanding, it is incomplete without actually practicing mindfulness. Accordingly, we will spend the majority of the second half of the workshop engaging in different mindfulness practices and reflecting on the experiences. These will include some combination of breath awareness, body scan, Metta (loving-kindness/befriending), Vipassana (contemplation), mindful eating, and walking.
We will end the workshop by highlighting some strategies we have found effective for bringing mindfulness into context for their populations and continuing to practice mindfulness on their own. Followed by brainstorming as a group and sharing ideas amongst practitioners.