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Sample IMGCA Certification Curriculum for Five Classes


This is an outline of a sample sequence of five classes, consisting of topics selected from the full list of over 700 potential topics of study. Students can select topics of study that support their vision for becoming a mental game coach.

Please contact us to discuss and see the list of 700 topics.

Certification Class One

  1. Mental game assessments
  2. Self-awareness skills
  3. Self-regulation skills
  4. Self-coaching skills
  5. Control factors
  6. Stress control skills
  7. Life balance skills
  8. Breath control skills
  9. Emotional control skills
  10. Emotional intelligence skills
  11. Dispelling myths and misunderstandings about the mental game
  12. What mental game coaches do and who needs your services
  13. What mental game coaching is not
  14. Choosing interventions for specific client issues
  15. Designing supportive environments for clients

Certification Class Two

  1. Managing the inner critic
  2. Mistake management skills
  3. Pressure management skills
  4. Choke-proofing skills
  5. Competition management skills
  6. Post-event review skills
  7. Lead management skills
  8. Competitive mindset
  9. Championship thinking skills
  10. Pre-event mental preparation
  11. Pre-play mental preparation
  12. Slump management skills
  13. The mental game coach as change agent
  14. How to avoid common mistakes in mental game coaching
  15. Confidentiality, ethical and legal issues in mental game coaching

Certification Class Three

  1. Ball watching skills for ball sports
  2. Concentration techniques
  3. Zone skills
  4. Handling opponent mind games
  5. Mental training and mental practice skills
  6. Visualization skills
  7. Confidence skills
  8. Motivation
  9. Goal setting, visioning and narrative skills
  10. Mental toughness skills
  11. Creating mental game plans
  12. Client resistance, rapport and compliance
  13. The Meyers-Briggs Assessment and coaching to client preferences
  14. How to teach everything you learn in the certification program to clients
  15. Using mental game coaching in fields other than sport

Certification Class Four

  1. Playing to win versus playing not to lose mindset
  2. Hating to lose versus wanting to win mindset
  3. Managing expectations
  4. Self-fulfilling prophecy
  5. Perfectionism and procrastination
  6. The fear of failure
  7. The paradox of success
  8. The imposter syndrome
  9. How strategy and tactics affect the mental game
  10. Non-mental factors in mental game coaching
  11. The mental game in lesson-taking
  12. Examples of coaching session structures
  13. Attentional demands of individual sports vs. team sports
  14. Team-building, cohesion and teamwork
  15. Creating and delivering mental game speeches and training programs

Certification Class Five

  1. The mental game in practice
  2. The mental game in change management
  3. Communication skills in coaching and teaching
  4. Teaching influencing and communication skills to athletes
  5. Mental game coaching methods
  6. Mental game teaching methods
  7. Mental game coaching methods with children
  8. Mental game coaching methods with adults
  9. Rapport-building skills for coaches
  10. Mental mastery skills applied to other venues: business, academics and life
  11. Creating and running a mental game coaching business
  12. Using speaking as a business marketing vehicle
  13. Designing and delivering mental training programs
  14. Private coaching vs. team coaching
  15. How to build and maintain a successful, profitable coaching practice.

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