The Mental Edge: Phillip Academy’s Mental Skills Training Program

The  Mental Edge Symposium


The Mental Edge Symposium, originally scheduled for June 2017, has been postponed. Stay tuned for updates, and thanks for your enthusiasm and interest in this topic. If you would like to receive information about future symposiums, please contact

This symposium will bring together school leaders and experts in the field of performance and sport psychology. During the course of the two-day meeting, participants will explore topics related to promoting peak performance and will learn to embed mental skills training into the way they coach, teach, train, and prepare students in both academic and athletic settings. Participants will leave with a 60-page workbook and activities to use with their students in the areas including but not limited to:

  • mindset
  • breathing
  • goal setting
  • visualization
  • confidence
  • self-efficacy
  • self-talk
  • mindfulness

Join Us


Register online. The cost per participant is $198, with meals included. If you are an Andover faculty/staff member, please email the Tang Institute directly to register:

Travel Planning

There is a room block available at special rates; call to book by May 1 under The Mental Edge Symposium:
The Andover Inn, Phillips Academy Campus
(800) 242-5903


Symposium Faculty

Amy Baltzell

BaltzellAmy Baltzell is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Sport Psychology Specialization (of Counseling) at Boston University and President-elect of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. She has worked with professional athletes and aspiring Olympians in the track & field, boxing, fencing, shooting, baseball, squash, rowing, and many other sports. Amy is the author of Living in the Sweet Spot: Preparing for Performance in Sport and Life (FIT, 2011), editor of Mindfulness and Performance with Cambridge University Press (2016) and contributing author of Whose Game is it, Anyway (Houghton Mifflin, 2005).  Her research focus is on mindfulness and self-compassion in sport. A series of studies have been conducted using her Mindful Meditation in Sport (MMTS) 2.0 intervention and her new book on MMTS 2.0 will be coming out in Fall 2017.  She has been an invited speaker to a range of sites including professional basketball, professional baseball, collegiate coaches, US Rowing Annual conferences and served as a Keynote for the Swedish Sport Psychology conference.  Amy received her bachelors from Wesleyan University (CT), earned a masters and doctorate from Boston University, and is a former US National (1989, 1990) and Olympic (1992) Rowing Team member and member of the All women’s America’s cup Sailing Team (1995). She taught the first course in Sport Psychology at Harvard University and inducted into Wesleyan’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Kate Hays

mental edgeKate F. Hays, Ph.D., maintains an independent practice, The Performing Edge, with a specialized focus on performance enhancement for athletes, performing artists, and business leaders. Her research, writing, international teaching, and practice, initially in New Hampshire and, since 1997, in Toronto, Canada, have been directed toward the mental benefits of physical activity and the application of sport psychology techniques to athletes and other performance populations.

Hays has authored five books: Performance Psychology in Action; You’re On! Consulting for Peak Performance; Move Your Body, Tone Your Mood; Working It Out: Using Exercise in Psychotherapy; and Integrating Exercise, Sports, Movement and Mind: Therapeutic Unity. Active in psychology governance, she has served as president of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology.  

Lani Silversides

lani-headshotLani Silversides came to Andover as an instructor in mathematics and head girls varsity basketball coach in the fall of 2005.  Silversides lives on campus with her husband, Steve, associate director of college counseling, and their two young daughters.

A 2005 graduate of the University of Vermont, Silversides finished her career ranking among the all-time leaders in 10 different categories. She is one of seven players in school history to score over 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and hand out 200 assists. As a senior, she earned America East All-Conference Team honors and was named to the America East All-Championship squad. In 2013, Coach Silversides was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions as both a coach and player.

In recent years Silversides has grown more and more interested in the mental side of sports and how to coach her players and students to make the most of pressure situations and of their potential. She took Amy Baltzell’s Counseling Skills and Techniques of Sport and Exercise Psychology graduate course at Boston University in the fall of 2015 as well as Mindfulness & Performance in spring of 2017. She is also an affiliate member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and a Certified Sport Psychology Coach through NESTA.

Doug Worthen

worthen_dougDoug Worthen MX ’96 teaches the Mindfulness program at Middlesex. Worthen began his mindfulness practice in 1999 as a way to reduce stress and enhance his athletic performance as a member of the University of Virginia national championship lacrosse team. Since he began practicing, he has seen the benefits in athletics, relationships, business, and overall happiness. In 2007, Worthen was diagnosed with a rare lymphoma; treatment included a bone marrow transplant. He credits mindfulness as key in his survival and healing. He came out of that experience committed to sharing mindfulness with youth. Worthen has attended many mindfulness retreats and trained as a mindfulness educator at such places as the UMass Center for Mindfulness, Brown University, the Mindful Education Institute, and the Mindfulness in Schools Project

As a Middlesex student, Worthen ’96 served as a co-captain of the varsity football and lacrosse teams. He was All-New England in football in 1994 and 1995 and All-New England and Honorable Mention All-American in lacrosse in 1996. Worthen continued on to the University of Virginia, where he played lacrosse for four years and was a member of the 1999 National Championship team.


as of 2/10/17

Wednesday, June 14

“Performance Psychology in Sport, the Arts, and Everyday Life,” Kate Hays

Breakout Session
Mindfulness, Doug Worthen

Breakout Session
Mental Skills in the classroom and on the field, Lani Silversides

“Breathing: Our First Mental Skill,” Kate Hays

Dinner and social will follow at the Log Cabin.

Thursday, June 15

“The Integration of Psychological Skills and Mindfulness for Best Performance,” Amy Baltzell

Amy Baltzell and Lani Silversides

Alumni Athletes

Event FAQ

I’m having issues registering for the conference. Who do I contact?

Is this symposium for students and/or parents?

Currently, no. The event is designed and geared toward educators working in a school system. We will keep you posted on future programming open to students and parents.

Is it for college coaches?

Yes, any high school or college teacher, coach, or educator, public or private, is welcome.

Are there continuing education units or a certificate of completion offered?

We will provide a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the event.