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The Athlete's Mindset: How To Help Normalize Mental Health in the Athletic Community

  • Friday, January 28, 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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Presentation by Megan Hankins-Maldonado, MA, LMFT

1.5 CEUs available for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs


You're a high-performing coach who is burning out and your life is crashing around you.  Coaching is not your typical 9-5pm job. You could start your day at the crack of dawn and not go home until 11pm at night or just sleep in your office just to get things done. You wear all the hats, and you are responsible for so many things and so many people's lives.

As a student-athlete, you are struggling with your mental mental health and you don't feel comfortable talking to your coach. You feel they won't understand and will ask you to "suck it up" and "play through it."

How do you manage your mental health through it all? What does life/work balance look like in the world of athletics?

During this presentation you will learn what it's like to be an athlete/coach/admin in the world of athletics and what the barriers are to why mental health is taboo and how we can help. We will also learn what life/work/balance from the lense of athletics can look like and how different it can be from corporate America.

Program Goals

The goal of this presentation is for participants to understand the pressures and struggles athletes and their coaches feel on a daily basis, to understand the stigma around mental health in this population, and to identify the needs within this population.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1.  Name three misconceptions/beliefs of what it is to be an athlete/coach/admin.
  2.   Identify three reasons why mental health is taboo in athletics.
  3.   List two resources you can use to help athletic programs in need of therapists.

About the Presenter

My name is Megan Hankins-Maldonado and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and a mental health coach for athletes and coaches. I help overwhelmed, emotionally stressed, burnt-out athletes and coaches reclaim their life and their joy for the work they do. I am a true coach by nature and have been a college/high school basketball head/assistant coach for 15 years and completely understand the stresses and responsibilities that come with the job. I have an eclectic style and love to use metaphors to help my client’s understand things from a different lens. I want to help transform and normalize mental health within the world of athletics. Being coachable to change is asking one to be open to looking inside themselves, being interested in the process of growth & changing their behavior to get a different, more desirable result. I can be reached at https://meganhankins.com/about/


If you miss any of the presentation, you will not be eligible for the CEUs. SCV-CAMFT is a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider (CEPA 052466). This course meets the qualifications of 1.5 continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs.

The views expressed in presentations made at SCV-CAMFT meetings or events are those of the speaker and not, necessarily, of SCV-CAMFT. Presentations at SCV-CAMFT events do not constitute an endorsement of the vendor or speaker's views, products or services.


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