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When each of our certification students graduates we create a press release for them that posts to the IMGCA website. Inside the release is a testimonial about the student from IMGCA Founder and President Bill Cole, MS, MA.

The graduating certification student can use this testimonial and press release many ways to help market themselves and their coaching practice. They can post it to their website, send it out as a press release, and use portions of it anywhere in their marketing.

To see certification graduation announcements:

https://www.mentalgamecoaching.com/IMGCANews.html


Sample Certification Program Press Releases


News Release: May 10, 2019 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Dr. Karla Steingraber Is A New Level III IMGCA Certified Mental Game Master Coach.


Karla SteingraberKarla Steingraber, Psy.D., based in Northbook, IL, has earned the Level III Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Dr. Steingraber was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Master Coach, CMGMC.

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

Karla continues to make fast, steady progress in the IMGCA Certification program. Here she has already achieved her Level III Certification in just a few weeks time. Even with an incredibly busy practice as a clinical psychologist, she has dedicated herself to diving into the IMGCA classes, audios, videos, assessments and readings to learn all she can. Karla loves intense learning and her knowledge and skills are expanding weekly.

I said it before, and I say it here again. Karla will be a true leader in this field. Everything she has done before, and all she is doing now points to that. She will make a significant impact in the mental game coaching field.

As a highly-experienced psychologist, Karla has that wonderful relational base of being able to be fully present for clients, in supporting them and in having them know she is for them 100%. She has a very strong background in testing and interventional approaches.

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 absorbs the IMGCA curriculum and is 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 Associated 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).

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.


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: March 22, 2019 - Silicon Valley, California


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


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

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

I am proud to announce that Jerry Enns, located in Ontario, Canada, is the first Canadian IMGCA Certified Mental Game Instructor in history.

Jerry Enns is a true renaissance man. His resume is loaded with experience, across many fields. His knowledge base is very wide, and also quite deep. He is a high achiever, and also very impressive as a person. Jerry is a big thinker.

The first time I spoke with Jerry by video I could tell he was a person who has great passion in what he does and in his vision. He's a high-energy person who knows how to make things happen.

From reading his IMGCA Certification application, I knew Jerry was in this field for all the right reasons. He has a big heart and a deep desire to help people overcome their mental barriers. He's been doing that for over 20 years. So I was thrilled to have Jerry join the IMGCA Certification Program. He has very big goals and a big dream. Jerry is committed to completing all four levels and graduating as a Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach. He wants all the knowledge and tools he can get. He has already described his vision of becoming an IMGCA licensed trainer.

In our first class I could tell Jerry's thirst for learning was huge. He brings a lot to each class. He is well-prepared and has a deep and insightful list of questions that drive the sessions.

Jerry is undertaking an accelerated, intensive class load with IMGCA. Indeed, he's making incredible progress. This shows his commitment to completing all four levels and graduating as a Level IV IMGCA Certified Mental Game Professional Coach. With Jerry's extensive background as a mental game consultant and coach, IMGCA granted him advanced placement status, directly into the Level II program.

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 II IMGCA certification requires five 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.

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: June 5, 2018 - Silicon Valley, California


The International Mental Game Coaching Association Announces Jane Bahou Is A New Level I Certified Coach.


Jane Bahou, Level I Certified Mental Game InstructorJane Bahou, MA, LMFT, based in San Jose, California, has earned the Level I Certification from the International Mental Game Coaching Association training program. Jane was awarded the title of Certified Mental Game Instructor, CMGI.

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

On a fairly regular basis, IMGCA receives applications from academics and psychotherapists, and when I saw the application from Jane, I knew we had someone who was so very experienced in both arenas that she would bring a tremendous amount to the program. As soon as Jane began the certification process, she was contributing her wisdom and experiences, and for that I am very grateful. Jane has a very strong background working with children, adolescents, educators and parents, and this is the perfect mix for success as a mental game coach. I could tell that Jane would immediately be a strong mental game coach. Jane has sharp skills as a therapist, a teacher, a writer, an analyst and a public speaker. All these skills will take her far in this field.

I can tell you now, with confidence, that Jane Bahou will become an impactful leader in the mental game coaching field. She has already demonstrated mastery of counseling psychology, college teaching and rigorous academic research and writing, and I know she will apply that with vigor to this field.

So many skills from psychotherapy transfer to the mental game world, and in this way Jane has a head start to becoming excellent in this field. Jane has already begun to use what we covered in the IMGCA certification program and in her final project for Level I certification, Jane wrote a paper on the scientific underpinnings of the zone. It was one of the best papers I've seen on this topic.

Jane has lots of energy and is very outgoing. These are really perfect attributes for a mental game coach. She's a deep listener and an excellent analyst of human behavior. Jane has a deep, natural curiosity and a sharp desire to go deep when researching a topic. Jane is also a natural and empathic communicator. It is obvious that she really cares about people. Jane's natural zest for life and her infectiously enthusiastic nature makes her an invigorating conversationalist. Jane and I had very interesting, in-depth discussions around applying counseling approaches to applied learning and performance psychology to many areas of education and sports. Jane has studied human potential all her life. With her transition into mental game coaching, she now will be able to combine her wide and deep background in psychology and counseling with teaching, coaching and mentoring young people.

Since Jane has been teaching graduate level counseling psychology classes for some time, she has a wealth of ways of looking at situations, and in applying solutions. Jane has been highly influenced by books such as Mind Over Mind: The Surprising Power of Expectations (Berdik), This is your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-shirt Cannon (Wertheim and Sommers) and You are the Placebo: Making your Mind Matter (Dispenza); the research of Alia Crum and Ellen Langer; and theories of personality (such as the enneagram); basic tenants of CBT; and human development. 

Since Jane is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), a parent of athletes, an athlete, and a sport spectator, she is a close observer of the explicit connection between pre-programmed beliefs and thoughts and how learning and performance events play out. In her therapeutic practice, she highlights awareness, habits of mind, limiting beliefs, self-empowerment, and positive self-talk, while working towards clarity, focus, creativity, and freedom.

She has successfully used mindfulness training (e.g. meditation, visualization, EFT/tapping, mantras, affirmations, music entrainment, etc.) to coach anxious clients into relaxation, self-defeating clients into motivation and eagerness, and she has witnessed in-the-moment symptom reduction.

Jane has seen athletes exhibit disorientation and defeat after being down in the score and she's seen athletes make a mistake then get shaky on subsequent plays. Jane has also witnessed many athletes' elation and thrill of success. Her stated goal as a mental game coach is to help bring peak potential and more joy and fulfillment to athletes, coaches and parents.

Jane herself says: "Mental game coaching is on the forefront of a movement that keenly addresses the stunning correlation between mindset and outcome. I want to be a more integral part of that enterprise."

Jane has also used facets of mental game coaching to enhance her own health and wellbeing, using targeted meditation, changing beliefs, and specifically designed visualizations. Through IMGCA, Jane discovered that many of the mental skills she organically used in her own sports training were applicable to her teaching and coaching others. She was excited to deepen her understanding of how to use mental game skills to train and work with athletes and performers as well as teams.

Jane has already started applying the IMGCA methodology to her teaching, counseling and coaching. Her goals as a mental game coach are to work with athletic teams, companies, and individuals to personally and collectively become more productive, empowered, innovative, and creative.

Jane 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 launched her along that pathway.

I believe Jane is one those rare people who inherently and deeply embraces learning and personal development, and who can readily leverage those learnings to help others in very meaningful ways. I am convinced that Jane will be a lifelong learner of the mental game, and that she will apply this knowledge to every facet of her life.


Jane is a Mental Health Clinician for the Miri Center in the San Jose United School District, in California. She provides individual and group therapy to the alternative education program's student population.

Jane also currently teaches graduate level courses in the Counseling Psychology Department at Santa Clara University. Jane also served as adjunct faculty at ITP/Sofia University teaching in both the online and on-site Counseling Psychology programs. She taught courses Human Development/Lifespan, Child and Adolescent Therapy, and Law & Ethics. She was previously a Mental Health Clinician for the Los Gatos-Saratoga High School District, in California.

Jane holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, also from Santa Clara University.

Level I IMGCA certification requires two hours of live private telephonic 1-1 coaching with Bill Cole, MS, MA, IMGCA President. Students also have access to over 80 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 performance psychology certification training is provided by the International Mental Game Coaching Association, based in Cupertino, 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: 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 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.


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