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BF is delighted to announce Dr Jonathan Katz as a guest speaker for BF Learning Week 2022. Join Dr Katz for his live webinar Psychological Performance at 4pm on Tuesday, August 23rd or Wednesday, August 24th.

Psychological Performance

Tuesday, August 23rd, 4pm or Wednesday, August 24th, 4pm

Venue: Online webinar. The sessions will be the same each day, so you only need to choose one date to suit your schedule. The session will be recorded and registered attendees will receive the recording. Please register on one of the sessions by clicking the blue button below.


Guest speaker: Dr Jonathan Katz


About the Session:

Athletes are people where their mental health influences, impacts and mediates the physical performance in the training and competition environments. Mental skills, mental health and wellbeing are frequently used to describe the psychological factors involved in sporting performance, and are often used interchangeably.

A more complete understanding of the similarities and differences across ‘types of psychological factors’. Specifically a ‘mental health’ framework will be provided to explore individuals’ global psychological characteristics and how these vary under situation specific contexts such as the impact and influence of internal, external and environmental hassles, demands and pressures.

Understanding ‘mental health and wellbeing’ across a continuum from ‘clinical and sub-clinical to healthy and performance resilience will be offered to contextualise psychological wellbeing. These ideas will, in part, be illustrated through a thrive-manage-survive lens applied through the wellbeing meter.


Invitation to:

This online session is open to anyone who is interested in exploring and understanding mental health and wellbeing as it pertains to fencing, as a coach, athlete or spectator. It may be of particular interest to anyone who wants to incorporate wellbeing tools into their lives.


Seminar Learning Outcomes:

  • To gain an appreciation of a ‘holistic perspective’ of athlete performance.
  • To differentiate different types and groups that comprise ‘mental health’.
  • To appreciate how an athletes’ global mental health’ and situation specific wellbeing interact.
  • To generate initial reflective self-awareness on how ones own helpful and/or less helpful psychological process influence the quality of performance delivery.


About Dr Jonathan Katz:

Dr Jonathan Katz is a consultant psychologist whose experience includes holding a wide variety of senior advisory and coaching positions in high performance sport and business environments:

  • National lead for psychology with the British Paralympic Association.
  • National Governing Body squad and lead psychologist across Olympic, Paralympic and Professional settings supporting all levels across high performance sport.
  • Psychology support and coaching at four Paralympic Games; World, European and Commonwealth Championships; and World Cup tournaments since 1995.
  • Coaching and psychology support to Olympians and Paralympians since the Sydney 2000 Games.
  • Business coach and trainer from clinicians, project managers to senior managers, executives and directors in corporate and NHS settings.
  • The Development and delivery of psychological wellbeing support programmes within corporate environments, performance and professional sport settings.

Jonathan brings considerable knowledge and understanding of organisational, individual and group responses to pressure and stress in high performance sport, clinical and corporate environments.

Jonathan has been involved in fencing since the late 1970’s as a fencer, coach, coach developer and sport psychologist to a range of individual athletes and squads to youth, senior and veteran fencers. His contribution has included support to regional, national and international fencing in both training and competition settings, and supporting British Fencing through the Athlete Development Pathway and in Coach Development. Jonathan has been Team England head coach at the 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022 Fencing Commonwealth Championships.

Jonathan worked for 20 years as a member of a clinical psychology department where he delivered individual and group-based therapeutic interventions to a range of client groups; training sessions and workshops in counselling skills, mentoring and supervision. He has extensive experience in providing professional training and supervision and has a proven track record in supporting young professionals develop their knowledge, skills and confidence.

Jonathan is a visiting lecturer on a range of post-graduate degree courses in counselling psychology, sport and exercise psychology and sport and exercise medicine, along with presenting at a range of workshops and conferences. He contributes to supporting and promoting applied psychology in journal articles and professional books.


About BF Learning Week:

#BFLearningWeek 2022 will explore many aspects of our exciting sport, with experts in coaching, sports psychology and performance joining guest speakers and the BF team to give insight into our fencing world and its future.

The week takes place between 22nd and 29th August with a series of online events.

FAQs and a full timetable, updated regularly, can be found here.


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