The National Alliance for Youth Sports has launched a new training to prepare NYSCA members for their responsibilities of working with youth athletes who are dealing with mental health challenges. The new online training, Coaching Children with Mental Health Challenges, is a free training that supplements the initial NYSCA training.
This training provides valuable information on coaching children who are dealing with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome and depression, as well as many other types of disorders.
While this training will not make coaches experts in the intricacies of these conditions it will provide them with basic working knowledge of some of the more common problems that young athletes are dealing with; acquire insight on some of the characteristics associated with these disorders; and develop a better understanding of what they can do to help each young athlete have higher quality and more enjoyable experiences under their care, regardless of their situation.
The training is broken down into several sections, which address being a difference maker for all children and embracing your role, among others. Plus, there is a section devoted to tips on coaching children with mental health challenges.
Many of the sections also feature video clips with Dr. Jill Ehrenreich-May, Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program at the University of Miami (Fla.); and Dr. Kirk Dougher, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Florida Atlantic University.
Throughout the training there are multiple choice questions to test how well you understand the material. Once you correctly answer all of the questions you can print out a certificate recognizing that you have completed this additional training. After completing this training if you are interested in further information regarding coaching children with mental health challenges, there is an additional resources page at the end of the program listing helpful websites.ADHD Mental Health Disorders Tourette syndrome Depression
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