Virtual Conference

2:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern
1:00 - 4:00 pm Central
12:00 am - 3:00 pm Mountain
11:00 am - 2:00 pm Pacific
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC


As the demand grows for mental performance services with artistic and non-sport populations, it is important for sport and performance psychology professionals to be familiar with the unique aspects and subtle intricacies of working within these contexts. The 2018 AASP Virtual Conference will feature five expert speakers discussing their work in diverse performance-oriented domains encompassing business professionals, musicians, Cirque du Soleil artists, high-risk populations (police officers, first responders), and surgeons. Each presenter will discuss his experiences applying the principles of sport and performance psychology and mental skills training to work with professionals on the stage, in the operating room, in the board room, and in high-risk situations. It is imperative that CMPCs, graduate students, and other helping professionals understand that it is insufficient to assume all performing populations use mental skills in the same way. Individualized approaches for individuals and groups are required when considering ways to build effective relationships and enhance performance with these exceptional populations. 

Learning Objectives

Following the virtual conference, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify examples of diverse performing populations that may benefit from sport and performance psychology services.
  • Understand how the performing environment, group culture, and individual needs may be different from that of sport populations with whom attendees may have previously worked.
  • Compare and contrast the performance optimization needs of these performers as they relate to each unique performance domain.
  • Describe common interventions that may be used with performance populations based on the demands of their performance environment.


Facts and Realities of Being a Performance Psychology Coach at Cirque du Soleil
Jean François Ménard, MPC (Canada), Kambio Performance
Cirque du Soleil is internationally known for delivering mind-boggling performances every night on stage. Performing consistently 400 times a year is no easy feat. There are specific methods and strategies artists utilize to be on top of their game every time they step on stage. The goal of this presentation is to highlight some of these methods that have proven to be efficient over the years. 

The Cutting Edge: Performance Consultation with Surgeons
Charlie Brown, PhD, CMPC, Get Your Head in the Game
In this program, Dr. Charlie Brown will share insights and learnings from over two decades of performance consulting with surgeons. It includes an overview of mental skills training efforts to date in surgical settings; unique aspects of consulting within the medical culture, and specific recommendations for those interested in consulting in medical settings.

MindSighting: Performance Psychology Applied to High Risk Occupations
Michael Asken, PhD, Pennsylvania State Police
This presentation will look at the development of the role of performance psychology within high risk occupations (police, fire, emergency medicine, military) with an emphasis on the crossover from sport performance psychology. It will look at the continuing need and potential for continued contributions to maximizing performance in first responders. Pathways and issues in providing performance psychology training to high risk occupations will be addressed.

Performance Psychology for Musicians
Noa Kageyama, PhD, The Juilliard School
As a young aspiring musician, I thought that my nerves and sub-par performances were due to a lack of practice time. And it wasn’t just me - many of my friends also believed that if they just practiced enough, things would eventually come together. Of course, that never did happen for me, so I remember how liberating it was to discover performance psychology, and the whole range of mental skills that changed my experience both on stage and in the practice room. In this session, we’ll cover several of the skills that I’ve found musicians to benefit from most, so you can help your musician clients conquer nerves, get into the zone, and perform their best when it counts.

The Boardroom Psychology: Value-Added Consulting for Executives and Teams
Glenn Pfenninger, CMPC, Ignite Performance Groups
In this presentation, Glenn will discuss the similarities and differences between athletes/sport teams and executive/business teams. He'll also provide tips and tricks for breaking into business consulting, examine typical engagement objectives, and descript potential contracting and pricing norms.

CMPC Knowledge Areas
K2: Sport Psychology
K5: Helping Relationships

CE Credit
This program has been approved for 3.0 CEUs to partially meet the continuing education re-certification requirement for Certified Mental Performance Consultants (CMPC).


Students - $49
AASP Members - $75
Non-Members - $99

Program Format
You can attend an AASP virtual conference from your home or office. All you need is an internet connection. You can see the presentation slides on your computer or mobile device, and listen to the audio through your device or by calling in with a phone. Registrants will be provided with login information the day prior to the session. The webinar will also be archived for those who wish to watch it at a later date.

About the Speakers

Michael Asken, PhD
Mike is the psychologist for the Pennsylvania State Police where he is involved with selection and training of Troopers, functions as the psychologist for the PSP Special Emergency Response Team, and is involved with cadet performance issues at the Academy. Mike holds a BA in Social & Behavioral Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. He completed his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Medical Psychology at West Virginia University and served his internship at the East Orange (New Jersey) Veterans’ Administration Hospital. Mike is a Fellow of the Divisions Health Psychology and of Sport and Exercise Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is also the author of MindSighting: Mental Toughness Skills for Police Officers in High Stress Situations and Emotional Intel: Mental Toughness Skills for High Stress Police Negotiations. Along with co-authors Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman and Loren Christensen he has written Warrior MindSet: Mental Toughness Skills for a Nation's Peacekeepers. He is the co-author with Paul Nystrom, MD of Code Calm: Mental Toughness Skills for Medical Emergencies, and with Kerry Whitelock, MD, co-author of Code Calm on the Streets: Mental Toughness Skills for Pre-Hospital Emergency Personnel.

Charlie Brown, PhD, CMPC
Dr. Charlie Brown has worked with performers of the highest ability – Olympians, national champions, world record holders, professional athletes, professional performing artists, CEOs, business owners, and editors. He co-authored the pioneering work, You’re On! Consulting for Peak Performance with Dr. Kate Hays in 2004. Dr. Brown was elected as a Fellow by the American Psychological Association in 2011 in recognition of his work advancing the application of sport psychology principles to performance areas beyond athletics (now referred to as “performance psychology”), and in doing so indicated his “national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state, or regional level.” He has served as the official sport psychologist for the USA Canoe and Kayak Whitewater Slalom team, and for Team Elite of SwimMAC of the Carolinas. Dr. Brown also served on the medical team for the Charlotte Ballet (formerly the NC Dance Theatre) from 2010-2016. He retired in July 2016 and currently limits professional activities to speaking engagements, development of online resources and following a limited number of longterm clients. The Get Your Head In The Game website continues to be a resource to help athletes, performing artists, and professionals perform to their full potential. 

Noa Kageyama, PhD
Performance psychologist Dr. Noa Kageyama is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and the New World Symphony in Miami, FL. A conservatory-trained violinist with degrees from Oberlin and Juilliard, Noa specializes in working with performing artists, teaching them how to utilize sport psychology principles and more consistently demonstrate their full abilities under pressure.  He has conducted workshops at institutions ranging from Northwestern University, New England Conservatory, Peabody, Eastman, and the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music, to programs such as the Starling-Delay Symposium, The Perlman Music Program, and the National Orchestral Institute, and for organizations like the Music Teachers’ National Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Noa’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Musical America, Strings Magazine, Strad, and Lifehacker. He maintains a private coaching practice and authors a performance psychology blog called The Bulletproof Musician, which has 100,000+ monthly readers.

Jean François Ménard, MPC (Canada)
Jean François Ménard is widely recognized for his contributions to the field of performance psychology. At the age of 25 and fresh out of graduate school, he joined the world-famous entertainment company Cirque Du Soleil as their performance psychology specialist. He founded Kambio Performance in 2013 and has since become one of the most sought-after mental performance specialists in the country. Over the years, he helped athletes win gold medals in the 3 biggest major sporting events: Commonwealth, PanAms and Olympic Games. He is an accomplished speaker with over 300 keynote speeches delivered to a wide range of results-oriented professionals in North America, Europe and Asia. His client list includes organizations such as Cirque Du Soleil, FBI, Cisco, Roche, Canadian Olympic Committee, Western Union, and elite performers like Olympics gold-medalists, X-Games champions, NHL players and world-acclaimed musicians. He is based in Montreal, Québec, Canada.

Glenn Pfenninger, CMPC
Glenn Pfenninger is a management consultant and team leader with ties to sport and performance psychology dating back to 2000 during his undergraduate days at Texas Christian University. Pfenninger asserts that his ability to network and build relationships along with his passion to coach and develop others are key factors in his success. In addition, his ability to see the big picture and strategically implement steps to attain business objectives are paramount to his success as a management consultant. Pfenninger is an AASP certified mental performance consultant who earned his Master’s in counseling psychology with a sport psychology emphasis at the University of North Texas after graduating from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in Psychosocial Kinesiology. In 2012, Glenn completed his master’s of business administration at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University with emphases in Corporate Finance, Corporate Strategy, and Entrepreneurship. He has been involved with AASP since 2003 and has been a part of over 10 symposia, workshops, and posters at various AASP conferences. Most recently his involvement has focused on two topics: the business of sport psychology and working with business clients. He has written two book chapters on the business of sport psychology.


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