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Focus on the Family: An Integrative Framework for Counseling Athletes Across the Lifespan

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 2:00-3: 30 pm (EST)

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Taunya Marie Tinsley, Ph.D., D.Min., NCC, LPC

Transitions Counseling Services, LLC

AMCD President-Elect, 2018-19

ASERVIC Board member, 2018-19


Jerry Jasmin

2nd Year Masters-Level Student at the University of Central Florida

2018 NBCC Minority Fellowship recipient

Taunya Marie Tinsley, D.Min., Ph.D., NCC, LPC, graduated in December 2005 from Duquesne University with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. She received her M.A. degree in Higher Education Administration and College Student Development in 1995 from the University of Iowa. Dr. Tinsley also holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN where she was also inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame in September 2014. In April 2013, Dr. Tinsley completed her requirements for the Certificate in Missional Theology from Biblical Theological Seminary. Finally, in December 2016 Dr. Tinsley earned her Doctor of Ministry with a focus in Prophetic Congregational Development Using 21st Century Methods, Establishing Strong Leadership from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. Dr. Tinsley has over 25 years working with culturally diverse educators, pastoral leaders, students, athletes and congregants in the secondary and college/university academic, athletic/sporting, and faith-based environments. Dr. Tinsley spent nine years at California University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Program Coordinator for the Sports Counseling Certificate Program. Dr. Tinsley also served as the Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling and Associate Professor at Waynesburg University where she led the program through the CACREP-Accreditation application process for the Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. On July 1, 2018, Dr. Tinsley transitioned into her new role as the Director of the Graduate School of Counseling at Missio Seminary (a new name for Biblical Theological Seminary) in Philadelphia, PA.

Jerry Jasmin is a 2nd year masters student in the Counselor Education program, on the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy track at the University of Central Florida. He received his bachelors degree in Psychology at Arizona State University. Jerry has completed a graduate certificate program in Sports Counseling at Cal U Pennsylvania. He is also a 2018 NBCC Minority Fellowship recipient. Through this fellowship, he has committed to working with transition-age minorities, particularly those who are transitioning from collegiate athletics into professional athletics. Jerry's research areas include depression, anxiety, and suicidality among the athletic population. Currently, Jerry is working as a graduate student intern at Rollins College where approximately 40% of his client caseload participates in varsity athletics.

Session Synopsis: Sports is a microcosm of society - athletes are human, too. The same issues we experience as a general population can also be experienced by the athlete population. Often times, however, we hail athletes as heroes, so much so that we forget that they are in fact human. For this reason, the athlete population is a subculture that is marginalized in regard to the topic of mental health. The psycho emotional needs of youth, high school, collegiate and professional athletes is an issue that is often overlooked, or even ignored by the general public. Anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicidality are among concerns that are common in this unique population. Resultantly, there needs to be a continued push to establish an organized presence of counselors, educators, students, and related professionals to provide sports counseling resources.

The Focus on the Family: An Integrative Framework for Counseling Athletes Across the Lifespan webinar may meet the particular interests of a sub-sector of counselors who work with the athlete population in a variety of settings including k-12 schools, colleges and universities, private practice, clinical mental health agencies, and professional sporting agencies. This webinar will examine current counseling strategies to counteract concerns that athletes across the lifespan and their families experience.

Learning Objective 1: Attendees will examine current research on the developmental concerns of athletes across the lifespan as well as the best practices to counteract these concerns

Learning Objective 2: Attendees will discover how to apply family systems therapy techniques to mitigate familial concerns that are caused by sports and familial concerns that can affect an athlete’s sports performance.

Learning Objective 3: Attendees will review corrosive communication patterns and negative cycles of interaction among athletes and their family members and identify evidence-based skills and techniques from couples counseling interventions to apply with athletes and their family members.


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Desa Karye Daniel, M.A., LMHC, NCC

Chair, AMCD Professional Development Committee

University of New Mexico

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