DISCUSS Issues Relevant To Sport & Life

Being aware is key, being knowledgeable is imperative, and discussing the truth is the only way for resolution.

DISCUSS is a pivotal pillar that aims to educate elite athletes about topics that have historically been swept under the carpet when it comes to athletics. Issues that are relevant to sport and to life will be discussed by means of honest and open conversations in hopes of motivating athletes to be aware, knowledgeable, vulnerable to the truth and compassionate towards others.

"Knowledge is Power." - Francis Bacon

Peek Inside Pillar 3: Discuss

  • 1

    INTRODUCTION

    • Pillar Outline

  • 2

    IMPACT OF BULLYING & ABUSE IN SPORT

    • Meet Dr. Jennifer Fraser

    • Module Outline

    • Introduction

    • What Abusers Look Like

    • The Effect of Bullying & Abuse

    • Athletes Bullying Athletes

    • Lack Of Knowledge

    • Abuse Defined

    • The Cinderella Law

    • Abuse Harms Brains

    • Turning A Blind Eye

    • Correlation Between Sports & The Workplace

    • Change Brings Opportunity

    • Opportunities For Athletes

    • Conclusion

    • Reflection Questions

    • Articles & Videos Of Interest

  • 3

    THE TRUTH SURROUNDING MENTAL HEALTH & DEPRESSION

    • Meet Dr. Diane McIntosh

    • Module Outline

    • Introduction

    • What Is Mental Illness

    • The Origin Of Mental Illness

    • The Symptoms Of Depression

    • The Diagnosis Of Depression

    • What Does Depression Look Like

    • The Cause Of Depression

    • Good Stress vs Bad Stress

    • A Mental Illness Is A Brain Illness

    • Where To Get Help

    • Conclusion

    • Reflection Questions

    • The Mental Health Vital Signs Checklist

    • Articles & Videos Of Interest

  • 4

    THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PERSONAL FINANCE

    • Meet Chris Moynes

    • Module Outline

    • Introduction

    • Budgeting

    • Creating A Financial Plan

    • Financial Advisor

    • Savings & Investments

    • Credit

    • Major Factors That Affect Your Credit Score

    • Insurance

    • Land Mines

    • Using Common Sense

    • Conclusion

    • Reflection Questions

    • Articles & Videos Of Interest

  • 5

    LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

    • Meet Geoff Scales

    • Module Outline

    • Introduction

    • Personal Development

    • Leading Self vs Leading Others

    • What Is Great Leadership?

    • Finite vs Infinite Leadership

    • Myths Of Leadership

    • Your Leadership

    • Conclusion

    • Reflection Questions

    • Articles & Videos Of Interest

  • 6

    EXCELLING IN LIFE & SPORT

    • Meet Dr. Saul Miller

    • Module Outline

    • Introduction

    • The Right Focus

    • Setting Goals

    • The Right Feeling

    • Conscious Breathing

    • Energy & Emotions

    • Anxiety, Negativity & Frustration

    • The Right Attitude

    • Confidence

    • Conclusion

    • Reflection Questions

    • Articles & Videos Of Interest

  • 7

    CREATING A HEALTHY ATHLETE/COACH RELATIONSHIP

    • Meet Dr. Jennifer Fraser

    • Module Outline

    • Introduction

    • The Reality

    • Athlete Responsibility & Accountability

    • Communication

    • The Role Of A Coach

    • To Be Or Not To Be Admired

    • The Truth

    • Take It To The Next Level

    • Conclusion

    • Reflection Questions

    • Articles & Videos Of Interest

  • 8

    BUILDING RESILIENCE THROUGH GRIEF

    • Meet Brita McLaughlin

    • Module Outline

    • Introduction

    • Grief

    • Grief Response

    • 1st Phase Of Grief

    • 2nd Phase Of Grief

    • Dual Strategy

    • Using Emotions As A Coping Mechanism

    • What You Validate Dissipates

    • Using Breath

    • Disruptive Thoughts As Coping Mechanism

    • Adaptive Actions & Behavious

    • 3rd & Final Phase Of Grief

    • Conclusion

    • Reflection Questions

    • Articles & Videos Of Interest

  • 9

    FEEDBACK

    • Pillar 3 Feedback

Meet The Experts

Dr. Jennifer Fraser

After the publication of her third book, Teaching Bullies, Dr. Jennifer Fraser was featured in the Huffington Post, was a keynote speaker for National Alliance of Youth Sports, and wrote for the Coaching Association of Canada's magazine. Teaching Bullies went on to be an Amazon bestseller in sport psychology as it tackles the uncomfortable, but pressing issue of coaches who use bullying tactics with their athletes.

With a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto, Fraser's work on bullying in sport draws on journalism, psychology, law and neuroscience and is in pursuit to replace bullying with an updated, evidence-based approach for the 21st century.

Dr. Diane McIntosh

Diane McIntosh, BSc Pharmacy, MD, FRCPC Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia.

Dr. McIntosh graduated from Dalhousie University, where she completed an undergraduate degree in pharmacy before completing her medical school training. She completed 2 years of a pediatric residency and then an adult psychiatry residency. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and has a community psychiatry practice. Dr. McIntosh is extensively involved in continuing medical education programs to colleagues nationally and internationally, with a focus on rational pharmacology. She has a particular interest in the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders and ADHD.

Every year, Dr. McIntosh provides more than 200 lectures to colleagues and other audiences, always coming back to an essential, central theme: we must strive to improve the quality of care and the treatment options available for people diagnosed with a mental illness.

Dr. McIntosh is the co-founder of SwitchRx (https://switchrx.ca/) , the online psychotropic switching tool for prescribers. She has her own continuing medical education program called PsychedUp (https://www.psychedupcme.com/), which was developed to encourage the appropriate, confident, rational prescribing of psychiatric medications. She has published blogs in the Huffington Post and Op-Eds for newspapers focusing on mental health issues. She is also the founder of We Do Matter (http://wedomatter.org/), which advocates more compassionate care for psychiatric patients and their families.

Dr. McIntosh is the co-author of the Stress: The Psychology of Managing Pressure. Her book, This is Depression: A comprehensive and compassionate guide for those who want to understand depression, will be launched on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2019. It is written for those who have depression, for those who love someone who is depressed, and for anyone who wants to better understand the disorder.

Chris Moyes

Chris R. Moynes is the Managing Director of ONE Sports + Entertainment Group, and a Senior Financial Advisor with Aligned Capital Partners Inc. ONE Sports + Entertainment focuses on the unique needs of professional athletes and entertainers. His expertise in working with this niche clientele is highlighted in his publication, The Pro’s ProcessTM: An Expert’s Approach to Wealth Management for Professional Athletes. He has developed this book to help clients avoid a number of “land mines” faced by professional athletes.

Chris has delivered comprehensive, integrated financial solutions, custom-designed for each client for over twenty years. Previously, Chris was an advisor with the RBC Sports & Entertainment Group for ten years, and prior to that, an advisor and associate with Assante Capital Management for ten years.

Chris resides in Toronto with his wife and children.

Geoff Scales

Geoff is an experienced Leadership and Organization Development Consultant who is passionate about leadership development, team development, executive coaching, and culture transformation. Geoff has spent 13 years designing and delivering Leadership and Organization Development programs for clients in North America. He has facilitated 1200+ workshops since 2005.

Prior to entering the Leadership and Organization Development field and founding Scales + Associates, he spent 3 years as an Investment Banker with Morgan Stanley in London, England and 7 years as an Advertising Executive in Vancouver.

Dr. Saul Miller

Dr. Saul L. Miller is one of North America’s leading performance and sport psychologists. He’s the author of 8 books including Hockey Tough: A Winning Mental Game, Performing Under Pressure and Why Teams Win: 9 Keys to Success in Business Sport and Beyond.

Dr. Miller consults with sport teams, corporations and health organizations across North America. The focus of his work is enhancing performance, team building, and helping people achieve success while dealing effectively with pressure, stress, and change.

In sport, he has worked with the NY Mets, Seattle Mariners, LA Dodgers, Rams, Clippers, and Kings, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, plus PGA golfers, Olympians and pro athletes from Europe. There’s no one in North America with more “hands on” experience facilitating success and well-being. Dr. Miller’s clients have set records, won championships and gold medals.

Brita McLaughlin

Certified Life and Relationship Coach; Facilitator, Leadership and Relationship Mastery Expert

As an experienced, triple designated and certified life coach and relationship coach, Brita has enjoyed coaching a wide variety of clients for nearly 20 years including executive and life coaches, counselors, medical doctors, entrepreneurs, senior executives and parents all to extraordinary breakthroughs. Brita has 25 years of training and experience in the field of human potential and relationship success.

Brita has a warm and engaging personality and is passionate about guiding clients to tap into their best selves and leverage the “emotions of the heart” with the “workings of the brain’” to achieve personal and relationship mastery. A distinguished award recipient of the “Woman of Worth” Vancouver Leader of the Year, Brita has an outstanding track record of supporting people to believe in themselves wholeheartedly and take inspired action to achieve the success, happiness and peace of mind they deserve.

Brita’s strength lies in supporting clients to move through challenges that may have plagued them for years. She is considered the expert in bringing out the expert in you. Brita is known for her uncanny ability to zero in on “blocks & blind spots” preventing wellness or success. She offers expertise and services in anxiety, depression, trauma and stress relief, cutting edge relationship tools, skills for building self-confidence/esteem, leadership development and solution focused approaches. The foundation of Brita’s work is conscious relationship with self. “Inspire Your SELF – LOVE Your Life” is Brita’s motto.

In her spare time, Brita is passionate about learning and practices yoga and meditation daily. Brita’s first love is her beautiful family and she also enjoys pilates, skiing, cooking, interior decorating, writing, gardening, reading, walking her dog Koa and giving back to the community through her nonprofit organization: Women with Heart.

Dave Klassen

Dave Klassen is the National Director for Athletes in Action, Canada, and Chaplain for the Vancouver Canucks (NHL), the BC Lions (CFL), the Former Vancouver Grizzlies ( NBA), the Abbotsford Heat ( AHL) and the Fraser Valley Bandits. Dave has worked at the Olympics, at the Pan Am Games and Universities.

Dave is an author, and together with his wife speak at marriage conferences across Canada. They have 5 children.