Strong Minds is an interactive learning activity focused on developing adaptive coping skills. Athletes learn about and try a few different active coping strategies as they move through the stations. Before exiting, athletes identify the strategies they like best and volunteers provide them with visual reminders to use these tools in competition and in daily life.

Screening Stations: The screenings take about 10 - 30 minutes to complete and are performed between the athletes competing.  Athletes pass through the various stations and at the conclusion of the screenings the athlete is given a pinwheel and stress ball to continue practicing stress management in their daily lives. 




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.