Special Olympics

health promotion

Focuses

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Who can apply?

Professionals or students in the following or related fields are eligible to assist with Strong Minds screenings: Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Counselling other Mental Health Fields. 

Additional Information

Strong Minds is an interactive learning program focused on developing the adaptive coping skills of Special Olympics athletes. Athletes learn about and try a few different active coping strategies as they move through Strong Minds stations. Before exiting, athletes identify the strategies they like best and volunteers provide them with visual reminders as well as physical tools like stress balls and pinwheels to help them practice the stress management tools in daily life. The screening also offers mental health care professionals and students the opportunity to work with people with intellectual disabilities in an effort to improve their practical skills in working with this population. 

Clinical directors

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Marina heifetz

Dr. Marina Heifetz is a Clinical Psychologist presently working with children and youth at York Region CBT and at York Hills Centre. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from York University. Dr. Heifetz completed her pre-doctoral residency at Surrey Place Centre, which specializes in clinical services for children, youth, and adults with various developmental disabilities. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), focusing primarily on promoting health and well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through both research and clinical work. She is passionate about research that contributes to development of appropriate supports for underserved populations. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at professional workshops and conferences nationally and internationally. Dr. Heifetz has special interest in sport psychology and has been actively volunteering as the Clinical Director since 2016.

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hailey sobel

Hailey has been a Clinical Director since 2016 in Toronto.