Dr. Joel Fish to Speak on SCAC Campuses

Dr. Joel Fish to Speak on SCAC Campuses

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – In conjunction with the NCAA and by means of a Strategic Initiative Grant provided by that organization, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference has contracted with Dr. Joel Fish for league-wide campus discussions on the subject of mental health.

Dr. Fish, a nationally recognized expert in sport psychology and currently the Director of the Center for Sport Psychology in Philadelphia, will visit each of the eight campuses of the SCAC to speak to student-athletes and coaches in a presentation entitled, “Mental Health Issues & Student-Athletes.”

Some of the key components of the presentation will include educating both students and coaches to identify the signs and symptoms that a student-athlete may be experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, anger issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, and other mental health issues. Once identified, techniques and strategies that teammates can utilize with other teammates who may be experiencing mental health issues will also be demonstrated. Finally, the audience will be taught to develop a mental health game plan to apply, if necessary, to oneself, a teammate, or the team.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Fish has worked extensively with athletes of all ages and skills levels, from youth sport through the Olympic and professional ranks. He has been a sport psychology consultant for the Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia 76ers, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Philadelphia Charge, and the USA Women’s National Soccer Team. He has spoken nationwide on sport psychology at over 200 universities and is a popular presenter at a variety of athletic functions.

The presentations begin Tuesday, October 7 as Dr. Fish will be presenting on the Austin College campus at 11 a.m. and then later that afternoon (5 p.m.) at the University of Dallas.

The following week, Dr. Fish will make presentations at Schreiner University (Monday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.), Texas Lutheran University (Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.) and Trinity University (Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.).

Dr. Fish’s tour of the SCAC will conclude in November with single stops at Centenary College (Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m.), Colorado College (Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.) and Southwestern University (Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m.).

For additional information regarding Dr. Joel Fish and The Center for Sport Psychology, click here.