Staffs Hold 2nd Performance Psychology Conference

The Sport and Performance Psychology Team at Staffordshire University hosted their Second Performance Psychology Conference on Wednesday 18th October 2017.

Following the success of the Inaugural event in October 2016, the conference brought together world-leading expert practitioners who shared their insights of applying evidence-based approaches to sport and performance psychology. The day started with a fantastic Keynote address from Andy Halliday (England and TeamGB Olympic Hockey manager) on “Developing Resilience in an Elite Sport Team Environment”.

The format of the day included an expert panel discussion on Performance Psychology in Practice, and a series of interactive workshops facilitated by Prof Marc Jones (Staffordshire University), Andy McCann (DNA Definitive), Joe Dixon (Stoke City Football Club), Prof Chris Shambrook (Planet K2 and Staffordshire University), Dr. Sarah Kelly (NHS), and Helen O’Connor (Private Practitioner). The themes of the workshops included “Thriving under Pressure”, “Doing Performance Psychology”, and “Recognising and Supporting Clinical Issues”.

The day concluded with an excellent Keynote by Dr. Pete Lindsay (Director of Mindflick) who gave an insightful overview of his “Problem Cleaning” approach to performance psychology.

The conference was attended by 75 delegates, including trainee psychologists, current students, academics from across the UK, and experienced practitioners. The delegates’ feedback suggested it had been an inspiring and enjoyable day:
“Thanks for the event, learnt a lot and hope you put on another next year.”
“Overall, great day, really enjoyed it, will certainly come again- thank you!”
“I will be looking out for next year’s event.”

For information about future Sports Psychology events and conferences to held by Staffordshire University, please contact Dr Matthew Slater.

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