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Doug Strycharczyk & Dr John Perry

Understanding and Assessing Mindset and Mental Toughness – bringing evidence-based practice to Coaching and Mentoring

Stream: Learn
Area: Coaching & Mentoring
Type: Workshop
Style: Mainly Lecture

Session on Friday, Apr 26, 10:45
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Mental Toughness is an important concept which has four, well evidenced, core constructs – Control, Commitment, Challenge, and Confidence. Research shows it is strongly linked to Attainment, Well-being, Aspiration, and Positive Behaviour. Widely used, in over 80 countries, in Coaching and Mentoring at all levels it embraces notions such as Mindset, Grit and Learned Optimism. The associated psychometric measure supports both diagnosis and evidence-based practice. More recently, the model has been developed into an 8-factor model, taking the Mental Toughness Concept to the next level.

You will have the opportunity to complete the MTQPlus, the highly acclaimed psychometric measure. As well as meeting the following learning objectives:

  1. To understand Mental Toughness and how it helps clients and organisations.
  2. To understand the theoretical underpinning and links with other important theories and concepts
  3. To understand how to assess Mental Toughness to evidence change and to evaluate ROI
  4. To understand how the framework is used to optimise mindset and behaviour in clients
  5. To understand the importance evidence-based practice.


Doug Strycharczyk is the CEO of for AQR International – Founded in 1989, AQR is now recognised as one of the most innovative test publishers in the world. AQR established its reputation as a thought leader in resilience and mindset. His work has been featured on BBC Television where Prof John Adair described the material as ‘highly effective’. In recent years, Doug has worked with Professor Peter Clough to define mental toughness and to create the world’s leading measure of mental toughness. Doug is now recognised as a leading authority on the application of mental toughness to the worlds of work, education, and coaching applications.

Dr John Perry is Head of Psychology at Mary Immaculate College in Ireland. For several years John has been a core member of the team which has continued the development of the mental toughness concept and has been central the work carried out to establish the reliability of the concept. John has published many papers on Mental Toughness often in collaboration with Peter Clough and Kostas Papageorgiou. John has also led the exploration of specific aspects of mental toughness and a variety of application – including new insights into understanding stress management, directed forgetting etc, all of which have direct implication for practitioners. A popular and accomplished speaker, John will add his insights into the development of the Mental Toughness concept address issues such as evidence-based practice as well as the applications in stress management.

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