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Ahead of the Game: Keeping Perspective in Youth Sports, 3CE
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
1640 Lyndon Farm Ct #100
Louisville, KY 40223
(502) 326-2583

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Friday, May 18, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM EDT
Category: Continuing Education Event

May 18, 2018 - Agenda
8:30 AM
Registration Desk Opens
 9:00 AM - 10:15 PM Workshop in Session
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:15 PM Workshop in Session
*All times are in Eastern Standard Time


Pre-registrants should have received an email on Tuesday, May 15th around 11:30am, with onsite details and handouts. Please contact [email protected] if you have questions. 

Ahead of the Game: Keeping Perspective in Youth Sports, 3 CE

Presented by Ben Birkby, Psy.D., and Marc L. Cormier, Ph.D., CMPC, LPCA

Opinions regarding the value of youth sports are plentiful and have gained increased national attention in recent years. Some research has indicated that organized sports help young people develop confidence, persistence, teamwork skills, as well as other personal strengths. However, some have postulated that an ‘adult takeover’ of youth sport occurred, shifting the focus from fun, to winning at all cost. Perhaps the actual experience lies somewhere in between, yet it seems clear that youth sport has become increasingly influential in children’s upbringing and socialization. Thus, it is important that mental health professionals are keenly aware of the social context of youth sport participation in America, and of pathways for healthy sport development in the promotion of overall well-being.

Skill Level: Beginning

Workshop Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of youth sports in our society over time and understand current trends in youth sport.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different athlete developmental pathways, including their benefits and risks.
  • Describe the effects of organized youth sport programs on the mental health of participants and their families, both positive and negative.
  • Recognize warning signs that indicate when a youth athlete or his/her parents may have lost perspective or reached burnout
  • Identify appropriate resources and tools general practitioners can use to help their clients regain a healthy perspective.

About the Presenters:

Ben Birkby, Psy.D.,  is a clinical psychologist who has been providing professional services to children and families for 18 years. He holds a Psy.D. from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Birkby is an Associate at StrongMinds, a group practice dedicated to providing specialty behavioral health services for children, adolescents and young adults, and their families. At StrongMinds Dr. Birkby treats a wide variety of conditions and concerns ranging from normal developmental challenges to serious emotional and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Birkby also works with youth athletes, other performers and their parents to develop confidence and discipline, increase enjoyment, and reach their potential in sports and other areas of life. Dr. Birkby also maintains a full-time position as a licensed psychologist and senior evaluation researcher at REACH Evaluation. REACH consults with non-profit, for-profit, philanthropic, and governmental entities in support of efforts to improve services and bring about organizational and community change. Dr. Birkby previously worked in summer therapeutic recreation programs in New York and Kentucky and completed his predoctoral internship at Boys Town in Nebraska. He served on the Ethics Committee of the Kentucky Psychological Association from 2004-2007, and served as both Chair and Vice-Chair of that committee. He also served a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Psychological Association from 2010-2011, and was a recipient of the Art of Governance Award from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence during his tenure. He is currently a member of KPA's Political Action Committee.

Marc L. Cormier, Ph.D., CMPC, LPCA is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. At UK, Dr. Cormier serves as the Director for the Sport and Exercise Psychology Graduate Program and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to psychology and sociology of sport, group dynamics in sport, and applied sport and exercise psychology. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, Dr. Cormier is the Director of Counseling and Performance Psychology Services with UK Athletics, where he works with athletes from all sports. A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, he received his M.A. in Sport Psychology from McGill University, before receiving his M.A. in Community Counseling and Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from West Virginia University. His primary areas of research include the psychological aspects of sport injury, team cohesion, and mental skills training and he has published in regional, national, and international journals/conference proceedings. Additionally, Dr. Cormier is a certified mental performance consultant (CMPC), a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology registry, and a Licensed Professional Counselor (Associate) in Kentucky.


This workshop is appropriate for Psychologists, Social Workers, Other Mental Health Professionals

Registration Fees

Registrant Type

April 13

Apr. 14- 
May 11


KPA Member $85 $105 $149
Non KPA Member N/A $139 $199
Student Member+
(no CE credit)
$15 $20 $35

Community Rate
(no CE credit)

N/A $30 $45

  +Any student member needing CE credit must register at the KPA member rate. 

Event Location
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
1640 Lyndon Farm Ct #100
Louisville, KY 40223

It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that KPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who arrive more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received on/before May 11, 2018 will receive a 90% refund. Cancellations received between May 12-14, 2018, will receive a 50% refund, and cancellations between May 15- 17, 2018 will receive a 20% refund.   No refunds available after May 17, 2018. All refund requests must be in writing to KPA, 120 Sears Ave, Ste. 214, Louisville, KY 40207 or [email protected]

CE Credits/Attendance

This program has been approved for 3 CE credits by the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA).

KPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. KPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. KPA is also an approved sponsor for the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology.  

Social Workers & Art Therapists: 
KPA is an  approved sponsor for the Kentucky Board of Social Work, the Kentucky Board of Professional Art Therapists . (Provider #1004)

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Contact: Sarah Burress - KPA Event Specialist - [email protected]