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  • Helping athletes with anxiety and depression: Dr. Jason von Stietz leads webinar for American Psychological Association

    The American Psychological Association (APA) held a one day event, which they referred to as the Professional Development Training Institute on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Common Clinical concerns. This event consisted of webinars led by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) specialists in the domains of anxiety, depression, body dysmorphia, and ethics. Among the specialists was CBT SoCal’s Dr. Jason von Stietz, who works with athletes and performers of all kinds on issues related to mental health and or optimal performance.

    What was the webinar about? 

    During the event, Dr. von Stietz led a webinar titled “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Competitive Athletes.” The webinar is a 120 minute continuing education (CE) course offering 2 CE credits for licensed psychologists. The APA provides the following information about the webinar on their online catalogue:

    Competitive sport is both physically and mentally challenging. Although athletes often believe they can respond to emotional stressors by “toughing it out,” they still experience anxiety and depression. This presentation 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 presentation 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). Original webinar date: September 30, 2022. CC.

    Learning Objectives:

    Identify the stressors and conditions that affect athlete mental health.
    Discuss special considerations for effective work with athletes.
    Apply cognitive behavioral therapy to treat anxiety and depression in a way that enhances rather than hinders performance.


    Is the webinar still available?

    The webinar is still available on APA’s Continuing Education in Psychology website for video on-demand programing. Closed captioning is available. Click here to learn more information about purchasing the course.

    If you are an athlete, coach, or parent of an athlete, and you would like to learn if CBT informed by sport psychology can help you, contact us for a free phone consultation.