Expanding the mental training program to entire orgranization

Nicholas Bartley, CSF2-PREP, USA

Theme: Mental training/interventions

Program ID: SYM-12

Presentation: October 3, 2013 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Room: Oak Alley


Following the observed success of the initial program evaluation of the mental skills training program to three Infantry Basic Training companies detailed in Part I and II, a demand for such training grew from the Company to the Battalion (comprising 5 companies), then quickly up to a Brigade level (approximately 6000 Soldiers). The final piece of this symposium examines the challenges and best practices for the implementation of a customized mental skills program provided at FT Benning, GA. In any system, especially in large organization like an Army Brigade, there are many working pieces. The success of enhancing the performance of the entry level soldier required a methodical approach to achieve Command “buy-in,” a structured training program for Drill Sergeants on the mental skills training program, and subject matter experts providing quality control and assurance. While some measurable outcomes supplied by units continued to be support efficacy of the MST program, there were others where varied or no performance improvement was observed. This part of the symposia investigates the reasons why some companies improved, while others did not. As well, factors and challenges that the practitioners identified as the most likely to impact the likelihood of success (performance enhancement) will be discussed within the context of actions taken to continually improve the delivery and practice of the mental skills training program at the brigade level. Finally, these factors and challenges will be related to other performance and group environments in order to help consultants identify important considerations to the development of any organizational mental skills training program, whether in sport or business.

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