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Free Mental Health Webinar – Coaching and Friendship: Why Young People Need Figures Who Provide Both and Why That Rarely Happens

Event Date: October 24, 2021

For the next General Coaches Meeting, Taekwondo Canada is inviting coaches to join a presentation from the Canadian Mental Health Association on October 24th at 6:00 PM Eastern Time.

We encourage all high-performance and grassroots coaches to attend this engaging webinar. Coaches must be registered with Taekwondo Canada to participate.

Registration for the FREE webinar closes on October 24th at 12:00 PM Eastern Time.

This webinar will be presented in English with live French interpretation available.

about the webinar

A young person’s life space is increasing their exposure to information about the world while simultaneously facilitating a sense of isolation when it comes to their relationships. Youth and children are having to make more social, economic, and ethical decisions than ever before, all while facing the existential questions that come naturally as part of their development. As adults who recognize this and care deeply about children and youth, we often find ourselves at odds with them despite our best intentions to support them. There are many values common to both coaching and friendship, however some values in these two roles inherently present a conflict of interest. Why do youth need figures who simultaneously offer friendship and coaching, and how do we make that happen? We will explore how coaching and friendship are reconciled in the spirit of mentorship and how we can embody this spirit to support youth in the unique challenges they are facing and thrive in their communities.

About the presenter

Hsain Al-Shihabi is an educator and mental health advocate, and an immigrant settler based in Toronto. Since 2014, Hsain has been working in the field of mental health support for marginalized communities. Through his current role as Mentor and Case Manager at Canadian Mental Health Association, Hsain developed a trauma-informed and culturally responsive mentoring program for racialized young people facing mental health challenges. Hsain’s work is rooted in how psychological development, relationships, trauma, and systemic factors intertwine to provide either protective or risk factors to children and youth.



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