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News Release: November 4, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Francis Papineau Is A New Level I Certified Coach.


Francis Papineau Francis Papineau, based in Sebastian, Florida, has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Francis was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor, (CMGI).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"It was a true pleasure for me to meet and train Francis. He is a warm, delightful person, and he was a dedicated and enthusiastic student. Francis Papineau is a man who has had big dreams his entire life. He has had a very successful 25-year career as an Occupational Therapist and has also been a mental success coach to athletes and business people.

Francis distinguished himself by achieving the highest score on the Level I Final Examination in IMGCA history. This is quite a feat, since IMGCA was formed in 2006.

Francis is very inquisitive and wants to learn as much about mental game coaching as he can. He inherently and deeply embraces learning and personal development, and readily leverages those learnings to help others in very meaningful ways. Francis was one of the best-prepared students we've ever had. Before each class he made out a detailed list of questions and action items to discuss. Because Francis was so experienced, we could really make fast progress, and dive deeply into each aspect of the mental game. We had wonderful discussions about a wide array of performance psychology approaches.

Francis wanted to learn more about how to help people overcome self-imposed limits and how to coach people to reach peak performance in sports, performance and life skills. The IMGCA Level I certification has advanced him nicely along that pathway. Francis is highly dedicated to his students and in helping them achieve their full potential in any field, whether it is sports, business, or life. Francis is very passionate about helping people.

Francis loves sports and helping athletes take their game to the next level. Focus, mental strength, and a winning mindset are the three pillars of his approach. He has worked with athletes at the junior, college and professional levels.

Francis is an Amazon.com best-selling author with the book, Success Breakthroughs: Leading Entrepreneurs and Professionals Reveal Their Secrets for Breaking Through to Success!, co-authored with Jack Canfield, world-renowned author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and other entrepreneurs.

Francis also won a Quilly Award for being a best-selling author.

I can see Francis developing into one of the best mental game coaches in the USA. He has the intellect, interest and energy to continue his study of mental game coaching and training and to achieve anything he puts his mind to.


Why Francis Wanted To Undertake IMGCA Certification

Francis stated, "I wanted to learn and grow by going through the IMGCA Certification program, and being certified brings extra credibility and a competitive edge. I spent time on your website to look at your mission, experiences and testimonials and liked what I saw. I also wanted to have one-on-one private sessions with Bill Cole."

Francis's Sports Background

Francis grew up in Montreal, Canada, playing organized hockey and baseball. In the past few years, he participated in the Montreal Canadiens Fantasy Camp and had a chance to play and spend time with former NHL players. His team won the district championship in baseball when he was 16 years old. He also does stretches and pilates at home and bicycling.

Francis's Professional Background

Francis has been working for over 25 years as an Occupational Therapist with the general population and athletes following injuries and surgeries. He has worked as an Occupational Therapist in different settings such as rehab centers, hospitals, in home health and in outpatient clinics.

Prior to being a peak performance consultant, he helped over 20,000 people get back to life and play following injuries, surgeries and health issues as an Occupational Therapist. Working on both the physical and mental aspects of recovery, this experience gave him incite and proved to be invaluable in helping athletes progress towards their goals today.

He has seen that mental strength has always been an important component in the recovery process. He is also a Certified Health Coach and Performance Consultant were he currently applies mental coaching with a variety of athletes, including a Junior A hockey player. Francis holds a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Montreal.

Francis is originally from Montreal and now lives with his wife, Sandra, and his daughter, Lea, on the East Coast of Florida. He says that he has the best of both worlds where he can go to the beach and play hockey on the same day!

Francis's website:

https://francispapineau.com/

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

Level I IMGCA certification requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Level I students are required to view 13 videos, listen to over six hours of audios, understand two assessments and read 20 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level I certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and Zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy


News Release: October 27, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Lonny Elson Is A New Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach.


Lonny Elson based in Flagstaff, Arizona has earned the Level IV Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Lonny was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Professional Coach, (CMGPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Lonny is one of the most advanced, dedicated, professional and creative IMGCA Certification students I've ever had come through our program. Lonny is a master professional coach, not only by training, but also from his native intuition of how to evaluate a student, design a customized coaching-training plan and to help that student achieve their goals.

Lonny's educational background is superb. He holds a BS in Exercise Physiology, a Licensed RN and a Masters in Nursing, in progress, and his work experience in a hospital catheter lab), not to mention his sports background. Lonny was the only student nurse extern accepted into the Cardiac Cath Lab, and he was a Certified Trauma Nurse within six months of graduation. He also learned, opened and trained staff for a neuro intervention service line at the hospital.

Lonny has always been a top athlete in almost every sport he's tried. He played football, baseball and was highly competitive in swimming. Lonny has a strong background in physical education and taught kids and adults of all ages, in many sports and pursuits. He coaches dog agility competitors with his company, My Mind My Game. If that wasn't enough, Lonny is one of the top dog agility competitors in the US himself. So when Lonny decided to become a mental game coach, it was a perfect union.

Lonny is truly a Renaissance man. He's extremely well rounded, with interests in academics, professional pursuits, fitness, travel, adventure and photography. Lonny probably could be a professional photographer if he wanted. He's that talented. Lonny's final project for Level IV was a professional talk to a college dog agility club, with an engaging PowerPoint presentation.

Lonny's students really enjoy learning with him because in addition to Lonny knowing the inside secrets of the mental game, he has a highly engaging personality. Lonny loves what he does and he brings that infectious enthusiasm to all that he does. He's friendly, encouraging, supportive, a great listener, and he has a great sense of humor. All that makes Lonny a fantastic mental game coach.

Lonny enjoyed the Level III certification training so much that he jumped right into Level IV, and he made very fast progress. That's Lonny! He dreams big, sets his sights on the horizon, crafts an action plan, and jumps in to execute. He's relentless. This is the same can-do, adventuresome, fighting spirit Lonny brings to his dog agility competitions. This is also why I know Lonny will someday soon be crowned as The World Champion in Dog Agility. I'll do all I can to help Lonny achieve his dreams!"


Lonny's Motivations For Undertaking IMGCA Certification

Lonny says, "Training my mental game had an immediate impact on my performance and continues to help me maintain consistent excellence. I have been rewarded internally and externally by striving for consistent excellence. I want to pass on that knowledge--both the empirical and practical--to others so that they can enjoy the feelings of attaining excellence themselves.

I am still applying mental game principles in my own training, and now in Graduate School where there is the pressure of learning large amounts of material, presenting, writing and being graded. I am focused on the process of my performance and in completing each task. I take the feedback as solutions to errors and incorporate new knowledge into future performance. The professors have already noted my confidence and attitude in spite of the new situations."

Lonny is most proud that he has helped clients attain their goals of excellence, leading them to standing on a podium multiple times.

Lonny's Mental Game Background

Lonny competed in many of the major sports growing up until he discovered swimming. He actually attributes his interest in the mental game to his high school swim coach when he introduced the team to goal setting and Zig Ziglar audio tapes. Lonny started college on the swim team, but he stopped to make classes a priority and to earn his BS degree in Exercise Physiology.

Lonny coached a variety of youth sports, then was the handed the reigns to build a mobile fitness program for pre-K and elementary schools when the school district started cutting PE programs. That program was very successful and he wrote additional lessons for the curriculum including sports skill fundamental movements for the different major sports for children ages 3-5. After two years he became the Program Director for The Little Gym's flagship gym. Lonny coached a summer league swim team of average swimmers to league champions in part using mental game concepts of positive thinking, and reinforcement.

Five years later Lonny went on to nursing school. In his nursing practice he has included concepts of the mental game in helping to treat patients and precepting staff. He has also studied and incorporated holistic and transpersonal theories.

Lonny's Competitive Background

Lonny has been a very successful athlete at multiple sports. He's played competitive baseball, football, and he was an outstanding competitive swimmer. He has coached multiple sports. Lonny started in dog agility as a hobby, but as he discovered the nuances of training, and when he learned that there was an actual competitive structure, he jumped in with both feet. Within three years of learning, Lonny was competing at the top levels. In one pivotal event, he lost due to a mental mistake. He discovered that he was thinking about the outcome and what other competitors were doing before a Regional Final while he was seeded 1st, and this caused a loss of focus. Lonny immediately started studying the mental game again. He won the next two big events over four months and won Silver at the national event.

Today Lonny is one of the top dog agility competitors in the United States. He has had countless podiums, dozens of first and second-places finishes, and he possesses an impressive winning record. Lonny has been on Regional and National podiums over 60 times, with a nearly 50% finals winning percentage.

He may be the fast-tracker of all time in dog agility. Within four years of beginning dog agility Lonny used his customized mental strategies to become 2014 USDAA Grand Prix Silver Medalist along with multiple Regional podium finishes including Grand Prix Champion. Lonny still competes, and is aiming at winning a World Championship soon.

Lonny is currently studying to get a Masters in Nursing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). After graduation his goal is to have an expanded clinical practice, which would include a variety of wellness modalities to include mental training.

Lonny is interested in all aspects of mental training, and topics that particularly interest him are self-awareness, competition skills, team building, and developing a maintaining a winning mindset before and after competing.

The name of Lonny's business is My Mind My Game.

Lonny Elson, BS, MS(c)
IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach, (CMGPC)
IMGCA Certified Mental Game Master Coach, (CMGMC)
IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach, (CGPC)
IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC)

Lonny's Website

https://my-mind-my-game.business.site/

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and Zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

Level IV IMGCA certification requires 40 hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Level IV students are required to view 20 hours of videos, with an additional 20 hours of video electives, listen to over 20 hours of audios, with an additional ten hours of audio electives, understand how to use five IMGCA assessments and read 75 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 140 content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level IV certification written examination, or submits a final project.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: September 30, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Renata Fraifeld Is A New IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach.


Renata Fraifeld Renata Fraifeld, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has earned the IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Renata was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC)

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Renata Fraifeld made history on September 30, 2020 when she became the first person in Latin America to become an IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC). As of 2020, she is the only IMGCA-certified coach in South America.

Renata has had a long, distinguished career in psychology. She is one of the top licensed psychologists in Argentina. She is not only well-known in Buenos Aires, but she has had a waiting list since 2015! Not many psychologists or mental game coaches can say that.

It has been a true pleasure to get to know Renata, and to have her come through the IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification Program. I've learned a great deal from her about her experiential and somatic approaches to coaching and therapy. She is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Renata is a dedicated, professional, creative, caring psychologist. She has a big heart for helping people and for seeing them reach more of their potential. She helps her clients to challenge and review their beliefs, teaches them to focus, and to embrace and overcome their fears and limitations. Renata has a strong thirst for knowledge, and is a life-long learner. With her background as a psychologist, Renata has deeply tremendous insight into human nature. Renata already had certifications in clinical and cognitive therapy, and has taken many sports psychology courses as well. She has had Voice Dialogue Training and holds a master's degree in Marketing and Management.

I was always excited to have my classes with Renata. We had excellent, stimulating, in-depth discussions around applying psychological approaches to applied learning and performance psychology to many areas of sports. She was always well-prepared for class and contributed many insights and interesting viewpoints to our discussions. I always left each class knowing much more after conversing with Renata.

I definitely see Renata as quickly developing a national reputation in Argentina as a top mental game coach. I'll do all I can to help her. Renata has a very bright future, and it has been my pleasure to assist her in growing her career in this exciting field.


Motivations For IMGCA Certification

In addition to the Tennis Psychology content Renata was seeking, she was interested in improving her skills in public speaking, conducting workshops, and in doing field training outside her office environment. She is already an accomplished speaker, and she wanted mental game content to help tennis players and other sports people.

Professional Background In Psychology

Renata Fraifeld, MS in Clinical and Cognitive Psychology, is a highly distinguished licensed clinical psychologist and mental game coach. She conducts individual and group therapy with a wide variety of populations, including adults and adolescents. Her clients range from athletes, artists, economists, and adolescents to business people.

Her specializations include working with a general population, using a somatic approach, among others, such as cognitive techniques, role playing, creativity, and visualization. She uses a variety of different techniques to get the best result. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist directing her own private practice, and also contracts with other group practices.

She's very comfortable educating athletes, coaches, psychologists and business people. Renata is an innovative psychologist. She uses experiential approaches to make her teaching come alive and to be immediately practical.

Sport, Fitness, Health And Wellness Background

She has enjoyed playing sports since she was a toddler. She has participated in swimming, hockey, sailing, running marathons, squash, mountain climbing, and hiking, among other sports. Renata is an excellent tennis player, and she plays singles and doubles on a regular basis.

Renata may be contacted through this email:

renata90@yahoo.com

And her LinkedIn page:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/renata-fraifeld-posse-5b5b2618/

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification Program is extensive. Students receive two hours of live private telephonic or video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification students also have access to a compilation of 25 specialized tennis psychology videos, over 30 hours of audios, two assessments, and 45 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the world's first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: August 15, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Dr. Karla Steingraber Is A New Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach, CMGPC.


Carline Michelin Karla Steingraber, Psy.D., based in Northbook, IL, has earned the Level IV Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Dr. Steingraber was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Professional Coach, CMGPC.

Dr. Karla Steingraber

IMGCA Level IV Certified Mental Game Professional Coach, (CMGPC)
IMGCA Level III Certified Mental Game Master Coach, (CMGMC)
IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach, (CGPC)
IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC)


Karla's Websites

https://evereststrongcoaching.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachkarlasteingraberpsyd/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/karla-steingraber-northbrook-il/81536


Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"When we have a highly motivated and dedicated student enter the certification program it's always a treat because I know the classes will be energizing and full of great conversation. And that's how it was in every class with Karla. She always came well-prepared and eager to take a deep dive into the material. With her extensive background as a licensed psychologist, the insights and analysis she brought to every discussion was invaluable. I am so glad Karla came to IMGCA.

It has truly been a pleasure to mentor Karla throughout her IMGCA Certification program. She has now achieved the pinnacle at IMGCA, Level IV. And now she can call herself a Certified Mental Game Professional Coach, CMGPC.

I am convinced that Karla will be an outstanding leader in the performance psychology field. I know I will see great things from her over the years ahead. Of the many outstanding graduates in the IMGCA Certification program over all these years, since 2006, Karla really stands out as one of the very top graduates.

It's always a pleasure to work alongside a professional who is so dedicated to learning. Karla is that person to a "T". She has always been supremely prepared for each session, and she has contributed her clinical and sports experience to every session. And for that I am grateful. One of the joys of founding IMGCA has been my association with people like Karla who love helping others, who have a love for psychology and who want to grow professionally.

Karla has been able to easily synthesize the vast IMGCA backroom archives of audios, videos, assessments and readings into actionable coaching plans with her clients. Karla has an active roster of athletes who she sees weekly and she has a number of athletes in many disciplines. One of Karla's special talents is in taking what we cover in IMGCA and being able to immediately apply it to her client's situations.

Since Karla has a very strong background in testing approaches, I would encourage her to explore that area in the mental game field. I can see her developing specialized instruments for her clients.

I have learned a great deal from Karla myself, as she shares her reactions and insights as we cover the material. We trade presentations in case studies and then discuss a wide variety of approaches to help clients resolve their issues. I really appreciate her collegial and professional attitude. I can see how her clients really like her and trust her.

Karla has a well-developed sense of humor and her down to earth personal style is comforting to her clients. She has a pragmatism and joint problem solving style that people really appreciate. She is thoroughly professional, well-prepared and fully-present in every one of our interactions. Karla is a pleasure to have in the program.

Karla already has a large client base in sport psychology. She works with professional, semi-professional and amateur athletes. She provides psychological support to clients who will be adding physical activity to their lives, and for people who want better work-life balance.

Karla has done extensive reading about the mental game and that, combined with her personal experiences as a life-long athlete, gives her deep insight into the mind of the athlete.

Karla's mental game coaching firm, Everest Strong Coaching, LLC, coaches professional, semi-professional and amateur athletes, parents and coaches across the full spectrum of services needed for competitive sport, fitness and recreation.

Karla has a long career as a competitive athlete. As a youngster she rode horses competitively and won a number of red and blue medals. She has been a good skier since age five and is now at the advanced level. She is also an avid runner. Karla has run two marathons and is training for her third. She has also competed in numerous shorter races.

With Karla's deep background and insight as a psychotherapist and athlete, she quickly and naturally absorbed the IMGCA curriculum and was able to adapt the material to her client's needs. Karla has very creative talents and can readily see avenues to helping her clients with the IMGCA repertoire of psychological techniques and approaches.

Modalities and approaches Karla uses include mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, and psychological, emotional, cognitive and neuropsychological testing. She has helped patients with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and compulsive eating or binge eating. Among other specialties, Karla is well-versed in child development and parenting work as well as suicide prevention and issues that arise in LGBT relationships and adults dealing with life transitions.

Karla also has extensive experience supervising doctoral-level psychology interns at an APA-approved training site.

Karla has provided psychological services across the full spectrum of treatment venues, including residential facilities, outpatient centers, hospitals, nursing homes, weight-management programs, psychology clinics, transitional day programs, and hospital emergency rooms.

She also completed a post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology in Sheridan, Wyoming while working for a residential treatment program for adults with brain injury and brain trauma.

Dr. Steingraber is an Associate Professional Member (APM) in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)."


Karla Steingraber, Psy.D., is a highly distinguished licensed clinical psychologist and mental game coach. She has been a leader in professional psychology for over a decade. Dr. Steingraber holds an BA degree from Duke University, majoring in philosophy and German. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

She completed her internship at McGill University teaching hospital, in Montreal, Quebec, the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), with rotations in the Psychiatry Department.

Dr. Steingraber has been the President of Aprioris Psychological Health Services in Northbrook, IL for over 10 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist directing her own private practice, and also contracts with other group practices.

She conducts individual and group therapy with a wide variety of populations, including adults and adolescents. Her firm provides psychological, emotional, and cognitive testing, as well as neuro-psychological screenings to assess for brain damage.

Her specializations include working with children, the developmentally disabled, and those with dual diagnosis. She is certified in QPR and trains lay people in recognizing signs of suicidal thinking and early intervention to prevent suicide.

Over many years she has provided play therapy with children and parent guidance, in both residential and outpatient settings. She formerly provided specialized treatment to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Dr. Steingraber has been the President-Elect / President / Immediate Past President for the Illinois Psychological Association for the past seven years. She has been a Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board Member for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for three years. She has been the Vice Chairman Of The Board for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Board of Psychology for the last two years.

Dr. Steingraber has been Associate Chair of the Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Section of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA).

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and Zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy

Level IV IMGCA certification requires 40 hours of live private telephonic or web 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Students also have access to over 70 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 450 mental training videotapes. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level I certification written examination, or writes a final paper or creates and submits a final project.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: August 7, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Caroline Michelin Is A New Level III Certified Mental Game Master Coach.


Carline Michelin Caroline Michelin, based in Sotogrande, Spain has earned the Level III Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Caroline was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Master Coach, (CMGMC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Caroline is a true student of the mental game, of all sports. She loves sports and watches them on television and in person as often as she can. She's often been to Davis Cup matches, and other live professional events. Caroline was very excited to undertake the IMGCA Level III Mental Game Certification training program. She already has clients she has been coaching, with the prospects of having many more. Sotogrande, where she lives in Spain, is one of the most active resorts for sports in all of Europe. There are multiple golf clubs and courses and also a top-level tennis training facility for international players who wish to make a mark on the pro tour, or to come to play college tennis in the US.

Caroline has a wide-ranging set of experiences in business internationally, and she brings these insights and wisdom to her coaching. In addition, she is the mother of two teenagers who are athletes, and that alone is a very valuable education for being a mental game coach!

Caroline is a very talented artist and painter. That, combined with her architectural background, gives her a strategic approach to creating and developing sports clients. Her training background combination of DNR, hypnosis, NLP and her life experiences are also a potent mixture. Caroline has great people skills as a listener, analyst and change agent. She has natural rapport skills and knows how to support and encourage her clients to just the right degree.

I am convinced that Caroline will be a fantastic mental game coach. I can see that already in our classes. She has the dedication and passion to be the best, and to develop herself in multiple domains so she can bring the best to her sport clients every day."


Caroline's Motivations For IMGCA Certification

She has launched her business as an NLP hypnosis coach in an area where golf and tennis are very popular. She wants to offer the best advice to athletes, especially to young people enrolled in the ACES curriculum. (Academic Center for Excellence in Sport.) There are many golfers and tennis players in her area and she was delighted to begin coaching some of them already.

Professional Background In Psychology

Caroline holds certifications in NLP as a Master Practitioner, a Hypnosis Practitioner, and DNR (a combination of EFT and EMDR). Caroline enjoys using techniques in perception, concentration, adding new behaviours, meditation, visualization, self-esteem, mood adjustment, visualization, and emotional control.

Other Business Background

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, she studied architecture for almost two years and then accepted a position of responsibility in a men's ready-to-wear brand. After a few months, she was offered the position of Visual Merchandiser at the head office in Paris, and finally took over the Merchandising Department of another brand of the group. She then moved to China. During her stay in China, as a co-founder, she created an engaged e-commerce with local sourcing, sustainable fibre, and a partnership with an NGO. Then she moved on to Dubai. During the two years she spent in Dubai, she completed training in Project Management, as well as an online degree in Digital marketing. Once she moved to Spain, she started studying NLP.

Caroline's Sport, Fitness, Health And Wellness Background

In her youth Caroline competed in track and field events, and now she stays fit and healthy with a regular exercise program. She is also a fervent supporter of tennis, athletics, and the Olympics, to name a few. When the opportunity presents itself, she enjoys going to events to watch, and to potentially meet the athletes.

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

Level III IMGCA certification requires 15 hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Level III students are required to view ten hours of videos, with an additional ten hours of video electives, listen to over ten hours of audios, with an additional five hours of audio electives, understand how to use three IMGCA assessments and read 50 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 140 content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level III certification written examination, or submits a final project.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 28, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Karla Steingraber Is A New IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach.


Karla Steingraber Karla Steingraber, based in Northbook, IL has earned the IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Karla was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach, (CGPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Karla Steingraber really loves golf. She has a true passion for it. Karla is a lesson taker, analyst and long-time golf-o-phile. All of this makes her the perfect mental game golf coach. Karla showed a very deep interest in golf when going through her IMGCA Level IV certification program. We spent quite a bit of time on golf, going over dozens of interventions she can use with golfers. We spent extra time on how to handle nerves in golf. And also explored a very specialized set of techniques for helping golfers who have the yips. I know now that Karla is extremely well-equipped to help any golfer that comes to her office.

The area north of Chicago where Karla has her office is a true golf paradise. There are many golf clubs and courses, and many golfers. So these folks are in for a real treat when they begin working with Karla."


Karla Steingraber, Psy.D., CMGI, CTPC, is a highly distinguished licensed clinical psychologist and mental game coach. She has been a leader in professional psychology for over a decade. Dr. Steingraber holds a BA degree from Duke University, majoring in philosophy and German. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

She completed her internship at McGill University teaching hospital, in Montreal, Quebec, the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), with rotations in the Psychiatry Department.

Dr. Steingraber has been the President of Aprioris Psychological Health Services in Northbrook, IL for over 10 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist directing her own private practice, and also contracts with other group practices.

She conducts individual and group therapy with a wide variety of populations, including adults and adolescents. Her firm provides psychological, emotional, and cognitive testing, as well as neuro-psychological screenings to assess for brain damage.

Her specializations include working with children, the developmentally disabled, and those with dual diagnosis. She is certified in QPR and trains lay people in recognizing signs of suicidal thinking and early intervention to prevent suicide. Over many years she has provided play therapy with children and parent guidance, in both residential and outpatient settings. She formerly provided specialized treatment to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Dr. Steingraber has been the President-Elect / President / Immediate Past President for the Illinois Psychological Association for the past seven years. She has been a Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board Member for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for three years. She has been the Vice Chairman Of The Board for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Board of Psychology for the last two years.

Dr. Steingraber has been Associate Chair of the Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Section of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA).

Karla's Websites

https://evereststrongcoaching.com/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/karla-steingraber-northbrook-il/81536

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study in the IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification Program:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 59 specialized golf psychology videos, over ten hours of golf psychology audios, two assessments, and 48 specialized golf psychology articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 27, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Mike Drysdale, Ph.D. Is A New IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach.


Mike Drysdale Ph.D
Mike Drysdale, Ph.D.
mdrysdale@vinu.edu
Mike Drysdale, Ph.D., based in Vincennes, Indiana, USA has earned the IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Mike was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"It is my pleasure to award Dr. Mike Drysdale the Tennis Psychology Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. He may now call himself an IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CGPC). Mike previously distinguished himself by going through all four levels of the IMGCA certification program in record time, and by doing high-level work every step of the way. Mike dedicated himself to graduating in a short time period so he could begin using the wide array of mental game methods to help his clients, and since he teaches a heavier load at Vincennes University in the winter, he had some extra time to dive into the full IMGCA curriculum this summer.

In his tennis certification Mike focused on tennis performance psychology, extensive case studies, advanced psychological techniques for learning and peak performance, stress control techniques, mental game assessments, self-awareness skills, self-regulation skills, self-coaching skills, control factors, life balance skills, breath control skills, emotional control skills, and emotional intelligence skills.

Mike took a very in depth look at The Inner Game of Tennis method, developed by Timothy Gallwey. He reviewed and experienced over 20 different concentration techniques that come from the inner approach.

Mike Drysdale is a peak performer in academia, and in mental game coaching. He has a true thirst for knowledge and a deep desire to help people. This is a very potent combination that will catapult him into the ranks of great mental game coaches. His career as an elite athlete, academician, scholar, researcher, writer, teacher, course developer, tests and measurement expert and keen observer of human behavior will undoubtedly allow him to make substantive contributions to the field of mental game coaching."


Mike Drysdale, Ph.D. is presently an Assistant Professor of psychology at Vincennes University in Indiana, USA. He teaches a variety of courses in the Psychology Department and also created and teaches an undergraduate course entitled Mental Aspects of Sport Performance. He also is a mental game coach with athletes at the university and locally, helping them from a psychological or mental perspective on their performance. He is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

https://appliedsportpsych.org/

Mike holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, a master of science degree in psychology, and a Ph.D. in experimental and applied psychological sciences from the University of Utah.

Mike has an outstanding athletic background. He excelled in basketball and golf. Mike participated in sport from an early age. He was involved in youth soccer from the ages of 9-11 and in high school he competed in basketball at the junior varsity and varsity levels and golf at the varsity level.

In golf in his junior year they were state champions. He placed third individually. In his senior year he was the conference player of the year.

Mike is the co-author, with Bill Cole, MS, MA of the Audiobook, The Psychology Of Golf: Manage Mental Errors.

This audio is for anyone who golfs, whether they compete, or if they just play for fun. Psychologist Dr. Mike Drysdale and Mental game coach Bill Cole, MS, MA take a deep dive into a very specialized aspect of the mental game of golf—how to reduce your mental errors, and how to mentally recover from any type of error you make as you play.

https://www.sportspsychologycoaching.com/products/audiobookPsychologyofGolf.html

To be a competent mental game coach, it is not mandatory to have been a great athlete, or to have competed at the highest levels. But it is very helpful to have competed so you can empathize with clients and provide them insights about competing that only a former competitor can know. In this way, Mike can really draw from his competitive experiences to help his clients.

Mike is also an Advisory Board Member for the International Mental Game Coaching Association:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/AdvisoryBoard/MikeDrysdalePhD.html

To contact Mike Drysdale, Ph.D.:

MDrysdale@vinu.edu

Mike Drysdale, Ph.D.:

IMGCA Level IV Certified Mental Game Professional Coach, (CMGPC)
IMGCA Level III Certified Mental Game Master Coach, (CMGMC)
IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach, (CGPC)
IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC)

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 25 specialized tennis psychology videos, over 30 hours of audios, two assessments, and 45 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 27, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Mike Drysdale, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Psychology And IMGCA Level IV Certified Coach Based In Vincennes, Indiana Is A New IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach.


Mike Drysdale Ph.D
Mike Drysdale, Ph.D.
mdrysdale@vinu.edu
Mike Drysdale, Ph.D. based in Vincennes, Indiana, USA has earned the IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Mike was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach, (CGPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"It is my pleasure to award Dr. Mike Drysdale the Golf Psychology Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. He may now call himself an IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach, (CGPC). Mike previously distinguished himself by going through all four levels of the IMGCA certification program in record time, and by doing high-level work every step of the way. Mike dedicated himself to graduating in a short time period so he could begin using the wide array of mental game methods to help his clients, and since he teaches a heavier load at Vincennes University in the winter, he had some extra time to dive into the full IMGCA curriculum this summer.

In his golf certification Mike focused on golf performance psychology, extensive case studies, advanced psychological techniques for learning and peak performance, stress control techniques, mental game assessments, self-awareness skills, self-regulation skills, self-coaching skills, control factors, life balance skills, breath control skills, emotional control skills, and emotional intelligence skills.

Mike took a very in depth look at The Inner Game golf method, developed by Timothy Gallwey. He reviewed and experienced over 20 different concentration techniques that come from the inner approach.

Mike Drysdale is a peak performer in academia, and in mental game coaching. He has a true thirst for knowledge and a deep desire to help people. This is a very potent combination that will catapult him into the ranks of great mental game coaches. His career as an elite athlete, academician, scholar, researcher, writer, teacher, course developer, tests and measurement expert and keen observer of human behavior will undoubtedly allow him to make substantive contributions to the field of mental game coaching.


Mike Drysdale, Ph.D. is presently an Assistant Professor of psychology at Vincennes University in Indiana, USA. He teaches a variety of courses in the Psychology Department and also created and teaches an undergraduate course entitled Mental Aspects of Sport Performance. He also is a mental game coach with athletes at the university and locally, helping them from a psychological or mental perspective on their performance. He is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

https://appliedsportpsych.org/

Mike holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, a master of science degree in psychology, and a Ph.D. in experimental and applied psychological sciences from the University of Utah.

Mike has an outstanding athletic background. He excelled in basketball and golf. Mike participated in sport from an early age. He was involved in youth soccer from the ages of 9-11 and in high school he competed in basketball at the junior varsity and varsity levels and golf at the varsity level.

In golf in his junior year they were state champions. He placed third individually. In his senior year he was the conference player of the year.

Mike is the co-author, with Bill Cole, MS, MA of the Audiobook, The Psychology Of Golf: Manage Mental Errors.

This audio is for anyone who golfs, whether they compete, or if they just play for fun. Psychologist Dr. Mike Drysdale and Mental game coach Bill Cole, MS, MA take a deep dive into a very specialized aspect of the mental game of golf—how to reduce your mental errors, and how to mentally recover from any type of error you make as you play.

https://www.sportspsychologycoaching.com/products/audiobookPsychologyofGolf.html

To be a competent mental game coach, it is not mandatory to have been a great athlete, or to have competed at the highest levels. But it is very helpful to have competed so you can empathize with clients and provide them insights about competing that only a former competitor can know. In this way, Mike can really draw from his competitive experiences to help his clients.

Mike is also an Advisory Board Member for the International Mental Game Coaching Association:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/AdvisoryBoard/MikeDrysdalePhD.html

To contact Mike Drysdale, Ph.D.:

MDrysdale@vinu.edu

Mike Drysdale, Ph.D.:

IMGCA Level IV Certified Mental Game Professional Coach, (CMGPC)
IMGCA Level III Certified Mental Game Master Coach, (CMGMC)
IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach, (CGPC)
IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC)

Overview of the IMGCA Golf Certification Program

The IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 59 specialized golf psychology videos, over ten hours of golf psychology audios, two assessments, and 48 specialized golf psychology articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 27, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Lonny Elson Is A New IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach.


Lonny Elson, based in Flagstaff, Arizona has earned the IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Lonny was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Lonny is one of the most advanced IMGCA Certification students I've ever had come through the program. That's saying a lot, because the program's inception was in 2006! Lonny is a newer mental game coach, with about four years experience, but he thinks and acts like a master coach who has been doing this work for decades. This is in part due to his educational background (BS in Exercise Physiology, Masters in Nursing, in progress), his work experience (licensed RN who worked in a hospital catheter lab) and his sports background.

Lonny has always been a top athlete in almost every sport he's tried. He played football, baseball and was highly competitive in swimming. Lonny has a strong background in physical education and taught kids and adults of all ages, in many sports and pursuits. He coaches dog agility competitors with his company, My Mind My Game. If that wasn't enough, Lonny is one of the top dog agility competitors in the US himself. So when Lonny decided to become a mental game coach, it was a perfect union.

Lonny's students really enjoy learning with him because in addition to Lonny knowing the inside secrets of the mental game, he has a highly engaging personality. Lonny loves what he does and he brings that infectious enthusiasm to all that he does. He's friendly, encouraging, supportive, a great listener, and he has a great sense of humor. All that makes Lonny a fantastic mental game coach."


Lonny Elson has been a Mental Game Coach for about four years. His primary client base is the dog agility community.

Lonny is one of the top dog agility competitors in the United States. He has had countless podiums, dozens of first and second-places finishes, and he possesses one of the winningest records of anyone around.

He may be the fast-tracker of all time in dog agility. Within four years of beginning dog agility Lonny used his customized mental strategies to become 2014 USDAA Grand Prix Silver Medalist along with multiple Regional podium finishes including Grand Prix Champion. Lonny still competes, and is aiming at winning a World Championship soon.

Lonny has been a very successful athlete at multiple sports. He's played competitive baseball, football, and he was an outstanding competitive swimmer. He has coached multiple sports.

Lonny is an RN and worked in a hospital catheter lab for a long time. He holds a BS in Exercise Physiology and is currently studying to get a Masters in Nursing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

After graduation his goal is to have an expanded clinical practice, which would include a variety of wellness modalities to include mental training.

Lonny is interested in all aspects of mental training, and topics that particularly interest him are self-awareness, competition skills, team building, and developing a maintaining a winning mindset before and after competing.

The name of Lonny's business is My Mind My Game.

Lonny Elson
IMGCA Certified Mental Game Master Coach, (CMGMC)
IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach, (CGPC).
IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC).

Lonny's Website

https://my-mind-my-game.business.site/

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 25 specialized tennis psychology videos, over 30 hours of audios, two assessments, and 45 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 26, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Caroline Michelin Is A New IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach.


Caroline Michelin Caroline Michelin, based in Sotogrande, Spain has earned the IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Caroline was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Caroline is a true student of the game of tennis. She loves the sport and watches it on television and in person as often as she can. She's often been to Davis Cup matches, and other live professional events. Caroline was very excited to undertake the IMGCA training program in tennis psychology. She already has tennis clients she has been coaching, with the prospects of having many more. Sotogrande, where she lives in Spain, is one of the most active resorts for sports in all of Europe. There are multiple golf clubs and courses and also a top-level tennis training facility for international players who wish to make a mark on the pro tour, or to come to play college tennis in the US.

Caroline has a wide-ranging set of experiences in business internationally, and she brings these insights and wisdom to her coaching. In addition, she is the mother of two teenagers who are athletes, and that alone is a very valuable education for being a mental game coach!

Caroline is a very talented artist and painter. That, combined with her architectural background, gives her a strategic approach to creating and developing sports clients. Her training background combination of DNR, hypnosis, NLP and her life experiences are also a potent mixture. Caroline has great people skills as a listener, analyst and change agent. She has natural rapport skills and knows how to support and encourage her clients to just the right degree.

I am convinced that Caroline will be a fantastic mental game coach. I can see that already in our classes. She has the dedication and passion to be the best, and to develop herself in multiple domains so she can bring the best to her sport clients every day."


Caroline's Motivations For IMGCA Certification

She has launched her business as an NLP hypnosis coach in an area where golf and tennis are very popular. She wants to offer the best advice to athletes, especially to young people enrolled in the ACES curriculum. (Academic Center for Excellence in Sport.) There are many golfers and tennis players in her area and she was delighted to begin coaching some of them already.

Professional Background In Psychology

Caroline holds certifications in NLP as a Master Practitioner, a Hypnosis Practitioner, and DNR (a combination of EFT and EMDR). Caroline enjoys using techniques in perception, concentration, adding new behaviours, meditation, visualization, self-esteem, mood adjustment, visualization, and emotional control.

Other Business Background

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, she studied architecture for almost two years and then accepted a position of responsibility in a men's ready-to-wear brand. After a few months, she was offered the position of Visual Merchandiser at the head office in Paris, and finally took over the Merchandising Department of another brand of the group. She then moved to China. During her stay in China, as a co-founder, she created an engaged e-commerce with local sourcing, sustainable fibre, and a partnership with an NGO. Then she moved on to Dubai. During the two years she spent in Dubai, she completed training in Project Management, as well as an online degree in Digital marketing. Once she moved to Spain, she started studying NLP.

Caroline's Sport, Fitness, Health And Wellness Background

In her youth Caroline competed in track and field events, and now she stays fit and healthy with a regular exercise program. She is also a fervent supporter of tennis, athletics, and the Olympics, to name a few. When the opportunity presents itself, she enjoys going to events to watch, and to potentially meet the athletes.

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 25 specialized tennis psychology videos, over 30 hours of audios, two assessments, and 45 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 25, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Jerry Enns Is A New IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach.


Jerry Enns Jerry Enns, based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada has earned the IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Jerry was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Jerry is the Everyman of Sports. I don't know a sport he can't play. Jerry really enjoys tennis and knows he will be doing mental coaching with many tennis players. So he wanted this special IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology program under his belt. Jerry is also a fine golfer and he draws many contrasts to each sport from a mental perspective.

I know that Jerry will be using what he learned in the IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology program every day on the court!"


Jerry Enns has a decades-long background as a speaker and trainer. He's spoken internationally as a seminarian, workshop leader and corporate trainer. He's very comfortable educating athletes, coaches, parents and business people. Jerry is an innovative workshop leader, having created numerous innovative programs on improving the powers of the mind. He uses an experiential, immersive approach with his audiences to make his teaching come alive and to be immediately practical. Among others, Jerry has created and delivered Mindpotential workshops on golf and Mindpotential Lacrosse.

He teaches the ‘4 Simple Steps’ athletes need to take to improve their mental game. These steps teach people how to set appropriate expectations, adjust misaligned perceptions, take back control their emotions to unlock and stretch their mind’s potential to enhance their performance in sport, life and school. Jerry’s unique ‘Freedom’ techniques help people manage those nagging mental obstacles of worry, anxiety, doubt and regret which allows people to build more confidence, enter the zone and stay in the zone for optimal performance.

Through his 20-plus years of mind coaching experiences, Jerry shares his unique successes and challenges of exploring the mind’s potential with compassion, empathy and humor. Jerry holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Human Kinetics and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Jerry has coached baseball, bantam house league hockey alliance champions, and he has been a mental game coach to many athletes in these sports: triathlete competition, motorcar racing, rifle shooting, and professional golf. Jerry is also a professional instructor of alpine skiing and snowboarding. Jerry is a life-long athlete who has played a wide variety of sports and who currently participates in golf, curling, slo-pitch, skiing, snowboarding and crokinole.

Jerry is an extremely experienced businessman, manager and entrepreneur. He's started, managed and consulted to many businesses, across many industries. He has spent the last 20-plus years honing his skills to better understand the secrets to 'enhanced performance' and the incredible 'potential of the mind'. Jerry shares his unique experiences and successes through seminars, private coaching and performance consulting for executives and businesses at large such as Sun Life Financial, Programmed Insurance Brokers, Maple Software, Home Hardware, Investors Group, and Ontario Winter Games and the Canadian Ski Instructor's Alliance.

Jerry is personally committed to making a difference in his community through coaching minor hockey, baseball and is a professional instructor of alpine skiing and snowboarding.

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 25 specialized tennis psychology videos, over 30 hours of audios, two assessments, and 45 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 24, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Karla Steingraber, Psy.D. Is A New IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach.


Karla Steingraber Karla Steingraber, Psy.D., based in Northbook, IL has earned the IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Karla was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Karla played tennis when she was younger and was quite good. She made her high school tennis team and competed very strongly. She has had an interest in tennis psychology for a long time so when IMGCA offered this special tennis psychology certification, she dove right in.

Karla anticipates having many tennis clients in her sport psychology practice. Having the title of IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC) will certainly help attract interested clients."


Karla Steingraber, Psy.D., CMGI, CTPC, is a highly distinguished licensed clinical psychologist and mental game coach. She has been a leader in professional psychology for over a decade. Dr. Steingraber holds a BA degree from Duke University, majoring in philosophy and German. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

She completed her internship at McGill University teaching hospital, in Montreal, Quebec, the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), with rotations in the Psychiatry Department.

Dr. Steingraber has been the President of Aprioris Psychological Health Services in Northbrook, IL for over 10 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist directing her own private practice, and also contracts with other group practices.

She conducts individual and group therapy with a wide variety of populations, including adults and adolescents. Her firm provides psychological, emotional, and cognitive testing, as well as neuro-psychological screenings to assess for brain damage.

Her specializations include working with children, the developmentally disabled, and those with dual diagnosis. She is certified in QPR and trains lay people in recognizing signs of suicidal thinking and early intervention to prevent suicide. Over many years she has provided play therapy with children and parent guidance, in both residential and outpatient settings. She formerly provided specialized treatment to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Dr. Steingraber has been the President-Elect / President / Immediate Past President for the Illinois Psychological Association for the past seven years. She has been a Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board Member for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for three years. She has been the Vice Chairman Of The Board for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Board of Psychology for the last two years.

Dr. Steingraber has been Associate Chair of the Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Section of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA).

Karla's Websites

https://evereststrongcoaching.com/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/karla-steingraber-northbrook-il/81536

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 25 specialized tennis psychology videos, over 30 hours of audios, two assessments, and 45 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 20, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Radek Sefcik Is A New IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach.

Radek Sefcik with Tomas Berdych

Radek Sefcik, peak performance strategist and mental game coach

–Ing. Radek Sefcik
Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach (CMGPC)
IMGCA Advisory Board Member
IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach (CTPC)
IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach (CGPC)

Radek Sefcik, based in Slovakia, has earned the IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Radek was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach, (CGPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Radek Sefcik is one of the top mental game coaches worldwide. In Slovakia, he is clearly #1. Radek was the mental game coach for the Slovakian National Golf Team, many top junior golfers and for many golf professionals.

Radek continues to amaze me with the wide variety of sports he is mental coach for, and of the in-depth mental know-how he has. Golf has the highest number of mental game coaches than any other sport. It's such a mental sport. One of Radek's best talents is to be able to analyze a sport's mental demands and come up with drills, exercises and techniques to help his clients meet those mental requirements."


Radek Sefcik stated:

"The IMGCA Golf Certification Program is a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to become proficient in teaching and coaching the mental aspects of golf. The content is practical, deep and comprehensive. The program is highly organized and logical to follow. I've discovered many pragmatic insights and approaches I can use with golfers of all levels. Check it out!"

Radek Sefcik has been the mental game coach for the Slovakian National Golf Team. He has been the mental game coach for junior and senior golfers, where some players qualified into the finals in the "Faldo Series" and into Junior European Cups.

Radek Sefcik has had a five-year coaching arrangement with number 6 ATP pro tennis player Tomas Berdych, who reached the finals of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, defeating top seed and six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, and world number three Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. He is currently working with three very high level WTA professionals. One is 2014 Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova.

Ing. Radek Sefcik is a professional martial arts and mental coach, a leading hand-to-hand combat expert for military/police special units in Slovakia. He has been intensively working in the Martial Arts game for more than 20 years.

He is the owner of the JKD SLOVAKIA company, which has also been focusing on mental coaching and on muscle balance and function development® / MBF®/ system among top elite athletes.

Mental coaching clients are top WTA and ATP Czech tennis players, pro soccer players, pro soccer coaches, MMA fighters, motocross racers, IPSC shooters, and many more.

Peak performance strategist and mental game coach Radek Sefcik may be contacted through his websites:

mentalcoach.sk/

http://www.coach4life.sk/

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study in the IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification Program:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 59 specialized golf psychology videos, over ten hours of golf psychology audios, two assessments, and 48 specialized golf psychology articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 18, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Lonny Elson Is A New IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach.


Lonny Elson, based in Flagstaff, Arizona has earned the IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Lonny was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach, (CGPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Lonny is one of the most positive and upbeat people you could ever meet. His enthusiasm is infectious. I can see why his students love and admire him so much. He is inspirational and he's a super high achiever in multiple domains. He has a fantastic academic background, athletic background and coaching experience.

Lonny is a can-do type of person. Once he sets his mind to do something, he does it. He's extremely good at seeing the roadblocks and obstacles in his path, coming up with workarounds and contingency plans, crafting a smart set of strategies and then executing his plan. He's done this for himself in many arenas, and he does this for his clients every day.

Lonny wishes he had more time to play golf. He's in school for his master's degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), he competes in dog agility, and he has his thriving business, My Mind My Game. On top of that Lonny has gone through three of IMGCA's certification programs: Tennis, Golf and Level III.

Lonny is really excited to coach more golfers and has plans to offer golf workshops and seminars at resorts and clubs in Arizona. With Lonny's deep dive into the IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach program, any golfer will be fortunate to be coached by him."


Lonny Elson has been a Mental Game Coach for about four years. His primary client base is the dog agility community.

Lonny is one of the top dog agility competitors in the United States. He has had countless podiums, dozens of first and second-places finishes, and he possesses one of the winningest records of anyone around.

He may be the fast-tracker of all time in dog agility. Within four years of beginning dog agility Lonny used his customized mental strategies to become 2014 USDAA Grand Prix Silver Medalist along with multiple Regional podium finishes including Grand Prix Champion. Lonny still competes, and is aiming at winning a World Championship soon.

Lonny has been a very successful athlete at multiple sports. He's played competitive baseball, football, and he was an outstanding competitive swimmer. He has coached multiple sports.

Lonny is an RN and worked in a hospital catheter lab for a long time. He holds a BS in Exercise Physiology and is currently studying to get a Masters in Nursing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

After graduation his goal is to have an expanded clinical practice, which would include a variety of wellness modalities to include mental training.

Lonny is interested in all aspects of mental training, and topics that particularly interest him are self-awareness, competition skills, team building, and developing a maintaining a winning mindset before and after competing.

The name of Lonny's business is My Mind My Game.

Lonny's Website

https://my-mind-my-game.business.site/

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study in the IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification Program:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 59 specialized golf psychology videos, over ten hours of golf psychology audios, two assessments, and 48 specialized golf psychology articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 15, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Radek Sefcik Is A New IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach.

Radek Sefcik with Tomas Berdych

Radek Sefcik, mental game coach of number 6 world-ranked ATP tennis player Tomas Berdych

–Ing. Radek Sefcik
Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach (CMGPC)
IMGCA Advisory Board Member
IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach (CTPC)
IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach (CGPC)

Radek Sefcik, based in Slovakia has earned the IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Radek was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Radek Sefcik is a man on a mission. He's one of the top mental game coaches in tennis. Radek travels the WTA and ATP pro tours with his players, all over the world. He coaches at the biggest tennis events on the globe. It was my pleasure coaching Radek with the deepest, finest points of tennis psychology so he can take those insights to his pro players.

There is no sharper mind and deeper analyst of the mental game than Radek. If you see mentally-strong ATP and WTA pros on TV, chances are, Radek made them that way!"


Radek Sefcik stated:

I was trained as a Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach by Bill Cole a few years prior. Bill helped me understand how to be a mental game coach to elite professional tennis players. My player-clients include top ATP and WTA players, Wimbledon Champions, Davis Cuppers and Federation Cuppers. When Bill told me about the new IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach Program launch, I knew I wanted that specialized knowledge as well. This program is "real-world" tennis psychology training, straight from the Professional Tennis Tours, where Bill has also coached. It's also aimed at helping coaches navigate the wide range of mental challenges that tennis players of all levels face. This awesome certification program is in-depth, cutting edge and 100% practical. Check it out!

Radek Sefcik has had a five-year coaching arrangement with number 6 ATP pro tennis player Tomas Berdych, who reached the finals of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, defeating top seed and six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, and world number three Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. He is currently working with three very high level WTA professionals. One is 2014 Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova.

Ing. Radek Sefcik is a professional martial arts and mental coach, a leading hand-to-hand combat expert for military/police special units in Slovakia. He has been intensively working in the Martial Arts game for more than 20 years.

He is the owner of the JKD SLOVAKIA company, which has also been focusing on mental coaching and on muscle balance and function development® / MBF®/ system among top elite athletes.

Mental coaching clients are top WTA and ATP Czech tennis players, pro soccer players, pro soccer coaches, MMA fighters, motocross racers, IPSC shooters, and many more.

Peak performance strategist and mental game coach Radek Sefcik may be contacted through his websites:

mentalcoach.sk/

http://www.coach4life.sk/

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 25 specialized tennis psychology videos, over 30 hours of audios, two assessments, and 45 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 15, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Lamarr Martin Is A New Level I Certified Coach.


Lamarr Martin Lamarr Martin, based in Atlanta, Georgia, has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Lamarr was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor, (CMGI).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

I was really excited to have Lamarr enter the Level I certification program because I knew with his background and drive that he would crush the training. And he did. It was a true pleasure to have Lamarr go through the program.

Lamarr Martin is the veritable, ultimate "Come-Back Kid" when it comes to reinventing himself in academics. He has gone from "failure" to success in law school by sheer will-power, mental toughness, work ethic and high energy. Lamarr will not be denied a goal once he sets his mind to it. When I look up the word "determination" in the dictionary, I expect to see a picture of Lamarr there! He is relentless, persistent, driven and focused.

Lamarr has an amazing array of talents, skills and abilities and many accolades, awards and achievements. Achieving his IMGCA Certification is a next logical step for him, which can take him deeper into the coaching world or multiple other directions. Lamarr distinguished himself in the IMGCA program by being the master of research, organization and analysis. I see these skills as being among some of his biggest strengths.

Lamarr is a man of vision. He has laid out a plan for using his IMGCA certification, and he will forge a unique, valuable pathway by helping others the ways he has helped himself. It has been my pleasure to play a small part in Lamarr's vision. I'll do all I can to help him change the world of law school academics. If anyone can do this, I know Lamarr is the man for the job!


Lamarr's Sports Background

Lamarr has participated in Youth and High School Sports (Baseball, Basketball, and Football).

Born and raised in Oakland, CA, where since the age of 8, he gave pre, mid, and post pep talks to his basketball teammates. Where other kids were quiet during the games, he was always vocal throughout the game, whether it was complimenting his teammates or keeping their morale up in crunch-time situations. Even as a youth, he immediately handled losses very well and always focused on improving himself and his team after games.

He played Freshman and Junior Varsity Basketball at Bishop O’Dowd High School. he did not make the Varsity team in his Junior year, but he continued his own basketball training and conditioning for the year.

He moved to Atlanta, GA to finish his senior year at Henry W. Grady High School with the purpose of becoming a Georgia resident to receive in-state tuition for college. He walked-on to the Varsity basketball team without knowing any of the coaches or players prior to moving. Due to his self training and conditioning, he became the starting point guard for the entire season. Additionally, his leadership and determination pushed the team to reach the Regional Championship Semi-Finals, the furthest the team has ever been in school history. At the end of the year, he received the “Hustle Award” deemed by his coaches for his non-stop effort and enthusiasm on the offensive and defensive side of the court.

Instead of attempting to walk-on to a collegiate basketball program, he decided to choose a profession that would allow him to be as mentally intense and competitive as if he was playing professional basketball by pursuing Sports Law.

During college, he was an Assistant Coach for a Junior Varsity Basketball team for 4 years and served as an unofficial mental coach to his players in many ways.

Lamarr's Law School Story In a Nutshell

https://news.gsu.edu/2020/04/16/lamarr-martin-delivers-fresh-outlook-on-second-chances/

Lamarr's Law School YouTube Channel: “Law Student Encourager”

First law student to create a video series on YouTube through publicly sharing his personal experience with academic dismissal/expulsion from law school and his two year preparation process to reapply to law school.

Upon successful readmission in law school, he was the first law student to create a video series on YouTube showcasing his week-to-week academic and mental strategies to “rematch” his 1L classes/grades that led to his academic dismissal.

At this time, he began coaching other dismissed students across the United States in helping them to reapply to law school. These students reached out to him from his videos by email.

Upon a successful “rematch,” he was the first law student to create a video series on YouTube to help law students get off of Academic Probation(video series still in progress).

In the immediate future, he will be the first law student to make additional video series on YouTube regarding other areas of the Law School Mental Game (Mental Toughness, Embracing Stress, Exam Mental Preparation Strategies).

Toastmasters Speaking Experience

President of the Peachtree toastmasters Club in Atlanta, Georgia for two consecutive years.

Received “Most Dedicated Toastmaster” Award by his club for four consecutive years.

Received “Toastmaster of the Year” Award by his club for three consecutive years.

Competed in many speech contests.

Lamarr's Motivations To Be IMGCA Certified

Lamarr described his reasons for undertaking IMGCA Certification:

I strive to be a unique value to IMGCA through a narrow, sub-specialty of mental game coaching by providing resilience coaching strictly to law students.

As I currently have a YouTube Channel related to law school resilience, I desire to expand his reach to law students across the United States through an organized service of one-on-one coaching for law students.

Thus, I believe the IMGCA certification can provide me with an unrivaled coaching structure and approach towards law students.

Eventually, I also strive to become a part of the IMGCA Speakers Bureau.

Education

B.S. Political Science & Sociology at Georgia State University (2012).

M.S. Sports Administration at Georgia State University (2015).

Notably, in his Sports Law course for his Sports Administration degree, he successfully analyzed and argued a real MLB court case (John Coomer v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corporation) as a defense attorney in a simulated mock trial for his final exam project.

Currently, he is a first year law student at Georgia State University College of Law and plans to graduate in 2023.

Work History

Since 2011 to present while obtaining his degrees at Georgia State University, he has worked in the campus mailroom. Ironically, he delivered mail and packages to the law school building since 2011. From 2017-2019, he had to inevitably face encountering past classmates, professors, and staff who undoubtedly knew that he was expelled from law school. This experience uniquely trained his mental game processes and strategies as well.

In 2018, he leveraged YouTube to become the first expelled law student to publicly share his 1.29 GPA and two-year long preparation process to reapply to law school. His videos also include inspirational messages that challenge other expelled students to change their thinking and behaviors to meet the academic rigors and mental/emotional realities of law school. Any student who views his videos have immediate access to consult with him for free by phone or email. From August 2019 to present, he is helping 8 expelled students from law schools across the United States with resilience skills and a year-long academic plan to improve themselves while waiting to reapply to law school.

In The Media

Comments Or Questions: Please view a featured story on his law school's website(April 16,2020):

https://news.gsu.edu/2020/04/16/lamarr-martin-delivers-fresh-outlook-on-second-chances/

His Website

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5lyLtIZ_JoFgFBQOyDxRUQ

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

Level I IMGCA certification requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Level I students are required to view 13 videos, listen to over six hours of audios, understand two assessments and read 19 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level I certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy


News Release: July 14, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Caroline Michelin Is A New IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach.


Caroline Michelin Caroline Michelin, based in Sotogrande, Spain has earned the IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Caroline was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach, (CGPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Caroline is a true student of the game of golf. She loves the sport and watches it on television and in person as often as she can. Caroline was very excited to undertake the IMGCA training program in golf psychology. She already has golf clients she has been coaching, with the prospects of having many more. Sotogrande, where she lives in Spain, is one of the most active resorts for sports in all of Europe. There are multiple golf clubs and courses and training programs and also a top-level tennis training facility for international players who wish to make a mark on the pro tour, or to come to play college tennis in the US.

Caroline has a wide-ranging set of experiences in business internationally, and she brings these insights and wisdom to her coaching. In addition, she is the mother of two teenagers who are athletes, and that alone is a very valuable education for being a mental game coach!

Caroline is a very talented artist and painter. That, combined with her architectural background, gives her a strategic approach to creating and developing sports clients. Her training background combination of DNR, hypnosis, NLP and her life experiences are also a potent mixture. Caroline has great people skills as a listener, analyst and change agent. She has natural rapport skills and knows how to support and encourage her clients to just the right degree.

I am convinced that Caroline will be a fantastic mental game coach. I can see that already in our classes. She has the dedication and passion to be the best, and to develop herself in multiple domains so she can bring the best to her sport clients every day."


Caroline's Motivations For IMGCA Certification

She has launched her business as an NLP hypnosis coach in an area where golf and tennis are very popular. She wants to offer the best advice to athletes, especially to young people enrolled in the ACES curriculum. (Academic Center for Excellence in Sport.) There are many golfers and tennis players in her area and she was delighted to begin coaching some of them already.

Professional Background In Psychology

Caroline holds certifications in NLP as a Master Practitioner, a Hypnosis Practitioner, and DNR (a combination of EFT and EMDR). Caroline enjoys using techniques in perception, concentration, adding new behaviours, meditation, visualization, self-esteem, mood adjustment, visualization, and emotional control.

Other Business Background

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, she studied architecture for almost two years and then accepted a position of responsibility in a men's ready-to-wear brand. After a few months, she was offered the position of Visual Merchandiser at the head office in Paris, and finally took over the Merchandising Department of another brand of the group. She then moved to China. During her stay in China, as a co-founder, she created an engaged e-commerce with local sourcing, sustainable fibre, and a partnership with an NGO. Then she moved on to Dubai. During the two years she spent in Dubai, she completed training in Project Management, as well as an online degree in Digital marketing. Once she moved to Spain, she started studying NLP.

Caroline's Sport, Fitness, Health And Wellness Background

In her youth Caroline competed in track and field events, and now she stays fit and healthy with a regular exercise program. She is also a fervent supporter of tennis, athletics, and the Olympics, to name a few. When the opportunity presents itself, she enjoys going to events to watch, and to potentially meet the athletes.

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study in the IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification Program:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 59 specialized golf psychology videos, over ten hours of golf psychology audios, two assessments, and 48 specialized golf psychology articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 12, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Jerry Enns Is A New IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach.


Jerry Enns Jerry Enns, based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada has earned the IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Jerry was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach, (CGPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

Jerry Enns is a man on a golf mission. That is, he is in full speed pursuit to ramp up his golf game. Jerry is a solid, dedicated golfer who is working on his game all the time. He takes lessons, drills, and hits tons of balls. He also wants to be involved in competition soon. In addition to taking this specialized golf psychology certification to help his clients, Jerry is gaining invaluable insights he is using on his own mental game.

Jerry is an all-around, talented athlete who succeeds at every sport he tries. Jerry's been a long-time golfer, and with this certification, he's already gained new insights into the mental game of golf.

I know Jerry will become one of the top mental game golf coaches in Canada very soon!


Jerry Enns has a decades-long background as a speaker and trainer. He's spoken internationally as a seminarian, workshop leader and corporate trainer. He's very comfortable educating athletes, coaches, parents and business people. Jerry is an innovative workshop leader, having created numerous innovative programs on improving the powers of the mind. He uses an experiential, immersive approach with his audiences to make his teaching come alive and to be immediately practical. Among others, Jerry has created and delivered Mindpotential workshops on golf and Mindpotential Lacrosse.

He teaches the ‘4 Simple Steps’ athletes need to take to improve their mental game. These steps teach people how to set appropriate expectations, adjust misaligned perceptions, take back control their emotions to unlock and stretch their mind’s potential to enhance their performance in sport, life and school. Jerry’s unique ‘Freedom’ techniques help people manage those nagging mental obstacles of worry, anxiety, doubt and regret which allows people to build more confidence, enter the zone and stay in the zone for optimal performance.

Through his 20-plus years of mind coaching experiences, Jerry shares his unique successes and challenges of exploring the mind’s potential with compassion, empathy and humor. Jerry holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Human Kinetics and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Jerry has coached baseball, bantam house league hockey alliance champions, and he has been a mental game coach to many athletes in these sports: triathlete competition, motorcar racing, rifle shooting, and professional golf. Jerry is also a professional instructor of alpine skiing and snowboarding. Jerry is a life-long athlete who has played a wide variety of sports and who currently participates in golf, curling, slo-pitch, skiing, snowboarding and crokinole.

Jerry is an extremely experienced businessman, manager and entrepreneur. He's started, managed and consulted to many businesses, across many industries. He has spent the last 20-plus years honing his skills to better understand the secrets to 'enhanced performance' and the incredible 'potential of the mind'. Jerry shares his unique experiences and successes through seminars, private coaching and performance consulting for executives and businesses at large such as Sun Life Financial, Programmed Insurance Brokers, Maple Software, Home Hardware, Investors Group, and Ontario Winter Games and the Canadian Ski Instructor's Alliance.

Jerry is personally committed to making a difference in his community through coaching minor hockey, baseball and is a professional instructor of alpine skiing and snowboarding.

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study in the IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification Program:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 59 specialized golf psychology videos, over ten hours of golf psychology audios, two assessments, and 48 specialized golf psychology articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Golf Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 10, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Ashvin Soin Is A New IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach.


Ashvin Soin Ashvin Soin, based in Saratoga, California, has earned the IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Ashvin was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

Ashvin Soin was probably my favorite tennis student of all time. I know a coach shouldn't SAY that, so he's fair to ALL his students, but it's true. Ashvin is such a great person that he was always a pleasure to coach, every time. Ashvin is a true people person and his students love him as much as he loves them. Ashvin was a naturally talented tennis player who had great gifts. If he wanted to, he could have been a major US national-level player. Maybe even a pro. He was that good.

As a tennis coach, Ashvin is dedicated, creative and very smart. He was again fun to have in the IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification program, because this time he came it from the standpoint of an experienced tennis pro, and owner of his own tennis academy.

Ashvin will be using what he learned from IMGCA in all his lessons, and I know his students will be the better for it.


Ashvin Soin stated:

Attention all tennis coaches! I have found what you all have been looking for! This is a course that all coaches in all fields should consider taking if they want to be the best in their profession. Too many coaches focus on many aspects of their sport except the most important -- The Mental Game. If 90% of all sports in mental, then why aren’t more coaches lining up at the door to learn the mental side of their sport?

Bill Cole is an expert in the Mental Game. His achievements as an international mind coach, top-level champion athlete, and academic and clinical training are infused throughout this training. He gave me down to earth, practical tips and tools I am using now. The IMGCA certification training program bypasses the theory and fluff that many books have, and, he customized my IMGCA program for what I need, now.

This certification will really help me gain more credibility and visibility in the tennis coaching and teaching world.

I wanted this training to learn how to deal with some critical issues in my teaching and coaching business: communicating with difficult personalities, managing big egos on a team, teaching concentration across all skill levels, creating rapport with new students, breath control, the inner game, helping people raise their personal awareness so they can change, how to make students self-accountable in lessons, how to motivate students and how to understand and teach the real fine points of the mental game.

I have been fortunate to learn parts of the mental game as a ranked junior tennis player. However the Mental Game of coaching is very different from learning the mental game as an athlete. He has also helped me manage my ego while coaching. Like me, young coaches think they know everything. I have learned in the past few months that there is still so much to learn in becoming a great coach. Bill has taught me detailed techniques that will better prepare my students for the struggles they will face in a tennis match.

Because I am about to open a tennis academy and will be returning to coach a high school team this year, I will need many of the skills of the mental game that Bill has taught me. These skills are useful for individual coaching and for larger groups. In my mind you can’t really call yourself a coach unless you have had some sort of mental game coaching!

Thanks Bill for everything! I can’t wait for some of the situations we have talked about to appear so I can use my new coaching tools. There is no doubt in my mind that I will continue learning all I can about the mental game!

Ashvin Soin
Director, Breakpoint Tennis Academy
USPTA Certified Tennis Professional
Saratoga, CA
IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor, (CMGI)
IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC)

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 25 specialized tennis psychology videos, over 30 hours of audios, two assessments, and 45 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: July 3, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California

The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Lonny Elson Is A New Level III Certified Mental Game Master Coach.


Lonny Elson based in Flagstaff, Arizona has earned the Level III Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Lonny was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Master Coach, (CMGMC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Lonny is one of the most advanced IMGCA Certification students I've ever had come through the program. That's saying a lot, because the program's inception was in 2006! Lonny is a newer mental game coach, with about four years experience, but he thinks and acts like a master coach who has been doing this work for decades. This is in part due to his educational background (BS in Exercise Physiology, Masters in Nursing, in progress), his work experience (licensed RN who worked in a hospital catheter lab) and his sports background.

Lonny has always been a top athlete in almost every sport he's tried. He played football, baseball and was highly competitive in swimming. Lonny has a strong background in physical education and taught kids and adults of all ages, in many sports and pursuits. He coaches dog agility competitors with his company, My Mind My Game. If that wasn't enough, Lonny is one of the top dog agility competitors in the US himself. So when Lonny decided to become a mental game coach, it was a perfect union.

Lonny's students really enjoy learning with him because in addition to Lonny knowing the inside secrets of the mental game, he has a highly engaging personality. Lonny loves what he does and he brings that infectious enthusiasm to all that he does. He's friendly, encouraging, supportive, a great listener, and he has a great sense of humor. All that makes Lonny a fantastic mental game coach.

Lonny enjoyed the Level III certification training so much that he's already onto Level IV, and making very fast progress. That's Lonny! He dreams big, sets his sights on the horizon, crafts an action plan, and jumps in to execute. He's relentless. This is the same can-do, adventuresome, fighting spirit Lonny brings to his dog agility competitions. This is also why I know Lonny will someday soon be crowned as The World Champion in Dog Agility. I'll do all I can to help Lonny achieve his dreams!"


Lonny Elson has been a Mental Game Coach for about four years. His primary client base is the dog agility community.

Lonny is one of the top dog agility competitors in the United States. He has had countless podiums, dozens of first and second-places finishes, and he possesses one of the winningest records of anyone around.

He may be the fast-tracker of all time in dog agility. Within four years of beginning dog agility Lonny used his customized mental strategies to become 2014 USDAA Grand Prix Silver Medalist along with multiple Regional podium finishes including Grand Prix Champion. Lonny still competes, and is aiming at winning a World Championship soon.

Lonny has been a very successful athlete at multiple sports. He's played competitive baseball, football, and he was an outstanding competitive swimmer. He has coached multiple sports.

Lonny is an RN and worked in a hospital catheter lab for a long time. He holds a BS in Exercise Physiology and is currently studying to get a Masters in Nursing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

After graduation his goal is to have an expanded clinical practice, which would include a variety of wellness modalities to include mental training.

Lonny is interested in all aspects of mental training, and topics that particularly interest him are self-awareness, competition skills, team building, and developing a maintaining a winning mindset before and after competing.

The name of Lonny's business is My Mind My Game.

Lonny Elson, BS, MS(c)
IMGCA Certified Mental Game Master Coach, (CMGMC)
IMGCA Certified Golf Psychology Coach, (CGPC).
IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC).

Lonny's Website

https://my-mind-my-game.business.site/

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

Level III IMGCA certification requires 15 hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Level III students are required to view ten hours of videos, with an additional ten hours of video electives, listen to over ten hours of audios, with an additional five hours of audio electives, understand how to use three IMGCA assessments and read 50 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 140 content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level III certification written examination, or submits a final project.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


News Release: May 13, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Stefan Mysiak Is A New Level I Certified Coach.


Stefan Mysiak based in Zilina, Slovakia, has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Stefan was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor, (CMGI).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"Stefan Mysiak is a world-class pistol competitor and military special forces operator from Slovakia. He is highly accomplished in marksmanship and trains others in these skills, with a special emphasis on the mental approach to learning and competing.

Stefan has a deep thirst for learning and improving. He has keen insights from all his national and international competitions that he brought to his IMGCA Certification program. His level of professionalism is inspiring.

Stefan has very special sensibilities around the mental game. He is very attuned to what his students are thinking and feeling in their combat competition experiences, and he knows how to help them get the most out of their mental approach. Stefan has a fantastic athletic background that he uses to help people improve their mental capabilities. He has a vast level of experience personally as an athlete, coach, and trainer. All this taken together shows me what great things Stefan ultimately will do in this field. I know he is already making a major impact on his client's mental games, and I know he will be a major force nationally and internationally in the mental game.

It has been a true pleasure to have Stefan in the IMGCA certification program."


Stefan's Motivations For IMGCA Certification

Stefan wanted to improve his abilities in mental training and to develop new coaching skills to coach himself and younger members of his shooting club in the short term future. For the long term future he would like to establish his own mental game coaching school.

At the beginning of his shooting career he experienced several failures in competition, because of not being able to fully handle the pressure in key moments. He realized that the problem was in his mind and he started to study and train mental games techniques from available books, web pages and university studies. He tested all gained and trained knowledge for 10 years in his competitions. He reached most of his goals and he now applies learned mental game techniques during trainings organized in his shooting club.

Stefan's Background

Stefan has been working 20 years for Slovak Special Forces with several deployments in NATO missions in Afghanistan and Syria.

His main sport discipline is practical shooting and military style combat shooting. During the twenty years of practice he became the Slovakian National Combat Shooting Champion four times. He won several local and national level matches in practical shooting organized under the IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) and he won the shooting championship of the Indiana State National Guard TAG Matches (The Adjutant General Matches) in 2017.

He is a member of the Slovak national shooting team and he has represented the Slovak Republic on numerous continental and world championships in practical shooting. He actively does other sports such as skiing, rock climbing, paragliding and running. He is a certified skiing instructor. Stefan is also a graduate of the BETEC Level 3 close protection course.

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

Level I IMGCA certification requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Level I students are required to view 13 videos, listen to over six hours of audios, understand two assessments and read 19 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level I certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy


News Release: March 10, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Jerry Enns Is A New Level III Certified Coach.


Jerry EnnsJerry Enns, based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, has earned the Level III Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Jerry was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Master Coach, CMGMC.

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

I am extremely excited to announce that Jerry Enns, located in Ontario, Canada, is the first Level III IMGCA Certified Mental Game Master Coach in Canadian history.

Jerry has undertaken his IMGCA certification program with a dual purpose. One is to become the very best mental game coach possible. He is doing that. He is highly dedicated to his students and will do everything he can to help them succeed. The other purpose is to learn the IMGCA certification system inside and out so he can become an IMGCA-authorized trainer in his area of Canada, if not all of Canada.

Jerry is making very fast and high-quality progress on both fronts. He's on track to complete his Level IV program in as short as one more month.

The more I learn about Jerry and get to know him as a person, the more I am impressed with him. Jerry's professional background is incredibly wide and deep. He's worked in many industries in many capacities, from a very young age. His dedication and work ethic is second to none. Jerry's been working since he's been a kid and he's worked all through his school years. He has a huge amount of energy.

Some of Jerry's best qualities are his diligence, dedication and attention to detail. He is always prepared to the utmost for every class we have. He shares case studies with his clients in excellent detail. One of the benefits of the higher level IMGCA certifications is the time devoted to case studies. This is where IMGCA students really learn how to coach the mental game. Jerry has some very interesting clients with challenging issues and he presents his solutions to their issues, as well as eliciting from me what I would do. We have an excellent collaborative partnership.

A big part of Jerry's success in business, sports and life is his big personality. He's friendly, outgoing and very down to earth. He has a great sense of humor, interest in people and great rapport skills. People immediately like him, and he likes them. He's married and a parent of two children in college, so he well understands the challenges parents have of raising kids, and of helping them navigate the sports world. Jerry is really present with people, and his natural curiosity drives the interaction. His clients know he is there to help them succeed. He's a consummate problem solver and pragmatist. He has solved many challenges in his own sports participation, in the athletes he coaches and he has that winning attitude of success. Jerry is a winner and he knows how to teach that to his clients.

Our certification sessions are invigorating for me because Jerry brings so much experience to them. He's very open to share what he's done in his career. I really appreciate that. We share case studies and then discuss a wide variety of approaches to help clients resolve their issues.

He has done extensive in-depth reading about the mental game and that, combined with his personal lifelong experiences as a athlete, gives him deep insight into the mind of the athlete. One of Jerry's best qualities is his curiosity. He has the innate drive to dig deep and find historical and current writings on the subjects his clients need.

I can tell that Jerry is a master teacher and coach from the way he describes how he helps his students. He has great attention to detail and has very creative and innovative methods of making change happen with his clients.

Jerry's mental game coaching firm coaches professional, semi-professional and amateur athletes, parents and coaches across the full spectrum of services needed for competitive sport, fitness and recreation.

With Jerry's deep background and insights as a coach, businessman and athlete, he is quickly and naturally moving through the IMGCA curriculum. He takes what we do and immediately applies that to the needs of his clients.

I am convinced that Jerry will make himself well-known in the mental game coaching field, as a coach, consultant, writer and leader. Jerry is absolutely a leader. He's held many, many leadership, management and supervisorial positions throughout his career, and this will help place him at the forefront of this exciting field.

Jerry has a decades-long background as a speaker and trainer. He's spoken internationally as a seminarian, workshop leader and corporate trainer. He's very comfortable educating athletes, coaches, parents and business people.

Jerry is an innovative workshop leader, having created numerous innovative programs on improving the powers of the mind. He uses an experiential, immersive approach with his audiences to make his teaching come alive and to be immediately practical. Among others, Jerry has created and delivered Mindpotential workshops on golf and Mindpotential Lacrosse.

He teaches the ‘4 Simple Steps’ athletes need to take to improve their mental game. These steps teach people how to set appropriate expectations, adjust misaligned perceptions, take back control their emotions to unlock and stretch their mind’s potential to enhance their performance in sport, life and school.

Jerry’s unique ‘Freedom’ techniques help people manage those nagging mental obstacles of worry, anxiety, doubt and regret which allows people to build more confidence, enter the zone and stay in the zone for optimal performance.

Through his 20-plus years of mind coaching experiences, Jerry shares his unique successes and challenges of exploring the mind’s potential with compassion, empathy and humor.

Jerry holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Human Kinetics and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

He holds a wide range of diplomas and certificates:

        • Wilfrid Laurier University, Business Diploma

        • Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers (AMCT designation)

        • Fanshawe College, Municipal Financial Accounting

        • University of Western Ontario, Public Administration

        • Revenue Sources Management School, Wheeling West Virginia (won scholarship)

        • United States Naval Academy Leadership Training, Virginia

        • Performance Coaching Level 1 Alliance Hockey

        • National Coaching Association Certificate Level 1

Jerry has coached baseball, bantam house league hockey alliance champions, and he has been a mental game coach to many athletes in these sports: triathlete competition, motorcar racing, rifle shooting, and professional golf. Jerry is also a professional instructor of alpine skiing and snowboarding.

Jerry is a life-long athlete who has played a wide variety of sports and who currently participates in golf, curling, slo-pitch, skiing, snowboarding and crokinole.

Jerry is an extremely experienced businessman, manager and entrepreneur. He's started, managed and consulted to many businesses, across many industries.

He has spent the last 20-plus years honing his skills to better understand the secrets to 'enhanced performance' and the incredible 'potential of the mind'. Jerry shares his unique experiences and successes through seminars, private coaching and performance consulting for executives and businesses at large such as Sun Life Financial, Programmed Insurance Brokers, Maple Software, Home Hardware, Investors Group, and Ontario Winter Games and the Canadian Ski Instructor's Alliance.

Jerry is personally committed to making a difference in his community through coaching minor hockey, baseball and is a professional instructor of alpine skiing and snowboarding.

Level III IMGCA certification requires 15 hours of live private telephonic or web 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Students also have access to over 70 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes and over 450 mental training videotapes. Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level III certification written examination, or writes a final paper or creates and submits a final project.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.

How To Become Licensed To Teach The IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA welcomes inquiries from Mental Game Experts and Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coaches who wish to become licensed trainers in the IMGCA Certification training programs.If you qualify, you or your company can be licensed to teach the IMGCA Certification Training Programs in various regions and countries. Become licensed in your region, country or state to provide IMGCA training and create a profitable business, as well as spread the good works of the IMGCA.

Licensing benefits include intensive training, on-going support, use of our brand names, logos, tools, assessment instruments and our strategic branding initiatives. Contact us today for more information.


News Release: February 22, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Carmen Middleton Is A New Level I Certified Coach.


Carmen Middleton based in Japan, has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Carmen was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor, (CMGI).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"It was a true pleasure having Carmen join our IMGCA family in our Level I Certification program! She is a delightful person to be around and I know her students feel lucky to have her. Carmen is a natural educator and has all the strengths of the best teachers. She's smart, patient, insightful, organized, creative, dedicated and a good person. Most important, Carmen is passionate about helping her students. That's what it's all about.

Carmen is a very dedicated student of the mental game! She has been studying the field for many years, and utilizes many of these principles in her work with her students in Japan. Her own achievements in sports help her coach her clients to remain calm, focused and able to handle the many stresses in their sport and academic worlds.

I know Carmen is destined to be a great mental game coach. Her students now have an even stronger mental mentor."


Carmen's Motivations For IMGCA Certification

Carmen is currently working with student-athletes, teaching them mental preparation using mindfulness and visualization. She wanted to expand her knowledge in this area to better help athletes. She loves being involved with sports and enjoys the connection this allows her to have with students.

Carmen's Background

Carmen completed one marathon and 5 half marathons using The Non-Runners Marathon Trainer which had a huge component regarding the mental aspect of running long distances. She has also trained in weightlifting and joined the 500 club at the local gym. Carmen was raised in gyms, rinks, and at sports fields as the daughter of a sports reporter.

She teaches special education, sociology and psychology at a high school on a US military base in Japan. She works as the Director of Football Operations / Mindfulness coach. She also works with the wrestling team and the girl's soccer team.

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

Level I IMGCA certification requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Level I students are required to view 13 videos, listen to over six hours of audios, understand two assessments and read 19 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level I certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs

With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy


News Release: February 19, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Renee Metty Is A New Level I Certified Coach.


Renee MettyRenee Metty based in Fox Island, Washington, has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Renee was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor, (CMGI).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"It was a delight to have Renee begin the IMGCA Level I certification program. Renee is already a highly accomplished mindfulness expert, among other things, so I was extremely interested in discovering her perspective on the world of sport psychology and peak performance. I really enjoyed our sessions very much and always looked forward to Renee's thoughtful contributions. Renee brings a multitude of perspectives and philosophies that give her work a distinctive creative flair.

With her strong psychology and educational background, Renee took a deep dive into the certification, and she was able to cover many subjects in the curriculum. She has excellent research and writing skills, and is an experienced speaker, trainer and teacher.

Renee is a people person, and her warm, accepting quality helps her clients quickly form a bond with her and to open up so she can help them understand their issues. Renee approaches her work with a wonderful, big heart and compassion and understanding for what people are going through as they live life. Renee has great powers of perception and insight into people, and she combines that with her diagnostic abilities and her many mental approaches.

I can see Renee making major inroads in the field of mental game coaching. With her talent for writing, I can see many articles and books in her future. I see Renee continuing to research, write, speak, train and coach. She has a very fertile and creative approach to her work and I know she will make a major impact for years to come.


Renee's Motivations For IMGCA Certification

Through her coaching practice and mindfulness training, Renee has fallen in love with clients working on their mental game, peak performance and high potentials. She knew the extra training specific to mental game training from IMGCA would give her the confidence and edge she was looking for to acquire more of these types of clients.

Renee's Background

As a mindfulness facilitator and from deepening her own practice, Renee has noticed her own mental game improve considerably. It has impacted her career, relationships and overall health. Being able to watch her energy increase and clarity of mind improve helped her climb Mt. St. Helens with only five weeks notice, lose 25 lbs and become stronger through consistent weight training with a trainer and cardio each week. In the past Renee has participated in triathlons, and 5K's, and she has a great interest in rock climbing and surfing.

Renee has a strong background in the self-study of Inner Game methodolgy, courses with the Flow Genome Project, silent retreats and mindfulness trainings. She works with clients around the impact of their clarity, focus, and how their inner critic slows them down. She uses techniques to improve self-awareness, self regulation, emotional intelligence, mindset and many other topics related to their mentality.

Renee has an undergrad degree in Business Administration, a Masters in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Special Education. She is currently in a PhD program for Business Psychology focusing on Organizational Leadership and Development.

Renee has been bringing mindfulness and meditation to teachers and corporate leaders such as Microsoft and AT&T as well as entrepreneurs in the tech and creative fields. She speaks at conferences, designs and executes workshops and trainings, and conducts 1:1 coaching for those interested in more in depth training.

Business Website

www.withpause.com

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

Level I IMGCA certification requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Level I students are required to view 13 videos, listen to over six hours of audios, understand two assessments and read 19 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Level I certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.

Topics Of Study In The IMGCA Certification Programs


With IMGCA you can learn over 700 topics, issues, techniques and methods of the mental game:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCACertification.html#TopicsOfStudy

Just a few of the areas of study:

1. Attention and Concentration Control

2. Assessments, both written and oral

3. Coaching communication

4. Enlisting parents and coaches as allies

5. Motivation and goal setting

6. Individual differences and customization of coaching plans

7. How to read people and understand them better

8. How to create rapport

9. Using metaphors and analogies in coaching

10. Creating a coaching dialogue

11. Coaching vs. consulting vs. training vs. teaching

12. Conducting the first coaching session

13. How to get clients and have a busy practice

14. How life stress events intrude on sport performance

15. Common mental obstacles to peak performance

16. Coaching parents of athletes

17. The inner game and zen sports

18. Top ten mistakes coaches make in building their business

19. Running your business day to day

20. Business policies and procedures

21. Understanding why and how mental game coaching works

22. Personal qualities of a great mental game coach

23. Your personal values and how they impact your coaching philosophy


News Release: February 18, 2020 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Sotiris Chatzithomas Is A New IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach


Sotiris Chatzithomas based in Athens, Greece has earned the IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach title from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Sotiris was awarded the title of IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach, (CTPC).

Bill Cole, MS, MA, Founder and President of IMGCA stated,

"It was great fun coaching Sotiris because we both have such a love for the game of tennis. We consistently had wonderfully engaging conversations about the mental strengths and weaknesses of professional players, about who has the best mental game on tour, and of who would be the best of all time in the mental strength arena.

Sotiris is a solid, dedicated club tennis player who is working on his game all the time. He takes lessons, drills, hits on the ball machine, goes to the wall and plays practice matches every week. He is also involved in competitions. In addition to taking this specialized tennis psychology certification to help his clients, Sotiris is gaining invaluable insights he is using on his own mental game.

Sotiris has a few clients he is doing mental coaching with already. One is quite a good tournament player who is ranked in the ITF. Sotiris may begin traveling with this young player and that could be quite a fantastic experience for both of them.

It's really exciting speaking with Sotiris each week to hear what new insights about mental game coaching he has discovered. That's one of his strengths. He's a master analyst and keen observer of the game, and he can observe people, make smart inferences, ask intelligent questions and come up with the correct diagnosis of what the player needs.

To date, there are not too many mental game coaches in Greece, and one of my goals with Sotiris is to help him make a major impact as one of the top mental coaches in his country, across all sports. That would be incredibly exciting. I know he could make particularly fast inroads in tennis in this regard. And he would help many, many tennis players improve their mental approach to the game. Keep your eye on Sotiris Chatzithomas. He is destined for great things!"


Sotiris is highly educated and accomplished. He is a man of letters and depth. His degrees and certifications:

Boston University
Bachelor in Economics

Bentley University
MBA

Bentley University
Masters in Finance

IMGCA Level I Certified Mental Game Instructor (CMGI).
IMGCA Certified Tennis Psychology Coach (CTPC).
Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
Board Certified Coach (BCC)
Certified Life Coach
Certified Wellness Coach
Wellness Inventory Certified Coach
Certified International Health Coach

Sotiris' Motivations For Undertaking IMGCA Certification

Sotiris was for a long time very interested in becoming a Certified Mental Game Coach. Since he was young he was into sports. In high school he was a professional water skier. Then he had to quit the sporting life and went to Boston, Massachusetts, in the USA to pursue his bachelor's degree in economics, and then an MBA and Masters in Finance. For many years he was working in the finance industry. A few years ago he decided to make a big change in the direction of his life and he decided to become a Life and Wellness Coach. Currently he is a certified Life and Wellness Coach.

Sotiris wanted to know more about how he could help others reach more of their potential in sport. He saw IMGCA certification as the best option, with its in-depth course offerings. Sports was and still is part of his DNA. As an athlete he really appreciated the importance of mental strength. Currently he is a passionate club tennis player. He has a few coaching clients that are in need of a mental coach. His main purpose for applying to the IMGCA program was that he wanted to help himself as well as his current and future clients.

His LinkedIn

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sotirischatzithomas/

Overview of IMGCA Certification Programs

The IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification Program requires two hours of live private telephonic or web-based video 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification students have access to a compilation of 25 specialized tennis psychology videos, over 30 hours of audios, two assessments, and 45 articles. Level III and IV IMGCA certification students have access to over 120 hours of IMGCA pre-recorded audio classes, over 500 mental training videotapes, over 50 additional content articles and 12 assessments. Across all certifications, IMGCA has over 140 specialized sport psychology content articles. New content is being added continuously.

Each student completes reading assignments, written homework, practical application of the class content and coaching practicum with groups, teams and individuals as applicable, and coaching feedback evaluations. Each student passes the IMGCA Tennis Psychology Certification written examination.

This sport psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Palo Alto, California. The IMGCA was the first international mental game coaching membership organization, created January 1, 2006. It remains the only international mental game coaching membership organization in the world today. The mission of the International Mental Game Coaching Association is to advance the research, development, professionalism, and growth of the discipline of mental game coaching worldwide. The IMGCA is comprised of individuals and institutions interested in sports, movement, health, fitness, business, the arts, achievement, work-life balance, stress control, and peak performance. IMGCA members come from all walks of life, and have varied backgrounds in sports performance, coaching, teaching, writing, business and consulting. They are professionals, students, parents, and interested observers of the mental game.


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