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  • CBT SoCal’s Dr. Jason von Stietz will provide workshop on treating athletes with anxiety and depression

    Competitive athletes face a variety of physical and mental stressors. The many demands of sport can add up and, combined with other factors, can lead to issues with depression and anxiety in athletes. CBT SoCal’s Dr. Jason von Stietz, will lead an educational workshop titled, “Cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety in competitive athletes” for the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology.

    Dr. Jason von Stietz is a licensed psychologist specializing in OCD, anxiety, insomnia, and sport psychology. He provides team building and mental skills training for collegiate athletes. He is a member of the International OCD Foundation’s Anxiety in Athletes Task Force and the co-chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association’s Sport Psychology Special Interest Group. He appears on podcasts discussing mental health and sport psychology in relation to TV and film.

    Who is sponsoring the workshop?

    This workshop will be intended for licensed psychologists and social workers, who are seeking to expand their clinical skills while earning continuing education units (CEU) needed to maintain licensure. The workshop will be part of a one day event referred to as the “Professional Development Training Institute on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.” This one day “Institute” is scheduled for Friday September 30th, 2022 and will consist of multiple webinars on the effective use of cognitive behavioral therapy to address various issues.

    What will the workshop discuss?

    The workshop will provide an overview of the unique conditions faced by athletes that impact their mental health, such as psychological pressure to win, and what therapists should know about athletic culture and environments to work effectively. The workshop will also describe how to utilize cognitive behavioral therapy to address anxiety and depression as well as enhance sport performance (e.g. cognitive flexibility and mindfulness).

    How do I sign up for the workshop?

    The APA has not yet begun advertising the workshop. A link will be provided in the near future.