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We are currently seeking a volunteer Clinical Director to help us introduce Strong Minds, a new Healthy Athletes discipline, at Summer Games in 2019. To be considered for this role, volunteers must have a degree and certification in a mental health field (i.e. psychologist, licensed counselor, licensed social worker) and be available to complete either an e-Learning training module or attend an upcoming national Train the Trainer event. Interested individuals should send a CV to Katie. Additional information is provided below.
What is Special Olympics Strong Minds?
Strong Minds is an interactive learning activity focused on developing adaptive coping skills. Competition provides a natural opportunity to develop active strategies for maintaining emotional wellness under stress, such as: thinking positive thoughts, releasing stress and connecting with others.
What Happens at Strong Minds?
Athletes try a few different active coping strategies as they move through the stations. Before exiting, athletes identify the strategies they like best and volunteers provide them with visual reminders to use these tools in competition and in daily life.
Where do the Strong Minds activities come from?
The content is derived from evidence-based models of self-regulation, social-emotional learning and mindfulness-based stress reduction.
How Was Strong Minds Developed?
The activities were created by a team of mental health professionals with experience working with individuals with intellectual. Nine revisions to the activities have occurred since 2014, through a series of pilot events that provided helpful feedback from athletes, coaches, caregivers, volunteers and Clinical Directors.
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