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Announcement: Training for sports psychologists on February 29th. and 01.03.2020 – still free place

As in previous years, our team (Moritz Anderten, Johanna Belz, Marion Sulprizio and Dr. Christian Zepp) offers the advanced training “Sports Psychology Workshops – Didactics and Methodology of Sports Psychology Workshops in Competitive Sports”. This workshop is primarily for sports psychologists, graduates of the asp curriculum, master’s students and other people interested in sports psychology who would like to use workshops especially in the youth field (e.g. youth performance centers). The participants will be taught sports psychology tools and materials that will enable them to independently implement such workshops for (young) competitive athletes. In the proven training format, topics such as Stress and recovery management or dealing with failure and, above all, the implementation of the didactic approach of peer teaching.
You can find information and registration here.

Review: 2nd expert forum “No stress with the stress” on November 8th in Berlin


From left to right: Kirsten Budde, Ronald Reng, Martin Amedick, Sabine Pfeifer, Elena Richter, Holger Dahl, Marion Sulprizio, Michael Kellmann, Mathias Merfert, Lothar Linz, Ulf Baranowsky

On November 8, the 2nd expert forum took place in the Alte Försterei (Union Berlin) with the motto “No stress with stress – maintaining and promoting mental health in competitive sports”. Novitas BKK and MentalEmpowerment welcomed 120 participants on this important topic with an interesting program. After the words of greeting by Mathias Merfert (Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs), Kirsten Budde (Novitas BKK) and Marion Sulprizio (MentalEmpowerment), Ronald Reng and Martin Amedick reported on symptoms and treatment options for depression.

Also because of the 10th anniversary of Robert Enke’s death (ALSO NOTE THE PRESS REVIEW ON OUR WEBSITE), the frankness with which Martin Amedick reported about his illness was very impressive. Prof. Michael Kellmann then described the need for individually adapted relaxation – also in competitive sports. Moderator Holger Dahl first asked the Olympic participant and current German archery champion Elena Richter for a panel discussion. She reported on her experience in sports psychology support at the olympic training center in Berlin. Her sports psychological supervisor Monika Liesenfeld also complemented the explanations. Janek Kampa, the head of the Union Berlin youth academy, gave insights into the collaboration with the NLZ sports psychologist and Ulf Baranowsky from the Association of German Contract Soccer Players urged that the way to prevent mental illnesses must be continued more consistently. In the final contribution, Lothar Linz was able to share his thoughts on the subject of attitude and appreciative leadership with the participants. In addition, possible action aids and contact addresses were presented where athletes as well as coaches can seek help. At the subsequent get-together, the participants all expressed positive comments about today’s event. Organizer Sabine Pfeifer (Novitas BKK) deserves great praise for this excellent event.

You can find impressions of the event here and in our photo gallery.


MentalEmpowerment-Flyer – now also in English

In order to bring the topic of mental health closer to non-German-speaking athletes and trainers and coaches, the flyer of our initiative is also available in English. Since March 2017, it can be ordered for free at mentalgestaerkt@dshs-koeln.de. Hereby, MentalEmpowerment reacts on the increasing amount of international athletes in sports such as football, basketball or ice hockey. At this year’s Congress of the International Society of Sports Psychology in Seville, the concept of our networking initiative “MentalEmpowerment” will be presented in a presentation.

New website for NachwuXathleten

MentalEmpowerment cooperates with the website www.nachwuxathleten.de, which was developed by the team of the Technical University of Munich and where young athletes can inform themselves about the topic “Mental Health”. The site also features a self-check for well-being and stress management as well as valuable tips and small tools that can be helpful as stress and strain increase. MentalEmpowerment is on hand and offers sports psychological, psychotherapeutic and psychiatric contact addresses in a nationwide network, if an athlete needs specific help.

A must-have for every trainer! – Practice folder “No stress with the stress”

How do I deal with injured athletes? How does performance pressure affect my athletes? How can I help my athletes with career planning? What should I do if I suspect a mental illness?

These and other questions are answered in the practice folder “No Stress with Stress – Tips and Solutions for Mental Strength and Mental Health in Competitive Sport”. For trainer and other advisors, it represents an aid to action that provides valuable impulses for high-performance sports.

The folder is already in its second edition and can be obtained again for free at www.psyga.info. You can also place an order via mentalgestaerkt@dshs-koeln.de.

The official press release of the folder can be found here.

Best Practice

With the help of Webmood, the physical, mental and social well-being of athletes can be systematically recorded and monitored. The tool is designed for both individual athletes and teams. Webmood can be optimally used as a companion tool in cooperation with a sports psychology expert (psychologists, therapists and possibly coaches) to optimize the training and competition control. That way, it can be recognized such as for instance whether sports psychological training has a positive effect on self-confidence.

The detailed description and contact details can be found here.