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Join Our "Person Before Player"
3-Part Virtual Workshop Series 

In the past decade, there has been a concerning surge in mental health challenges among the youngest members of our society, with pediatric anxiety and depression rates skyrocketing. Student-athletes, despite their resilience, face unique pressures, navigating the delicate balance between accepting adversity, flexibility, and resilience in a world where success is often measured in wins and losses. Join us as Finney Search Group partner, Carol Hatton, facilitates a 3-part "Person Before Player" Workshop addressing these critical issues.


Guided by guest speakers Dr. Shreya Hessler and Casey Kutner, the 3-part Workshop series will dedicate a separate session to each key player in this dynamic – coaches, parents, and athletes – providing a comprehensive understanding of the roles and responsibilities each group bears. Participants will walk away with not only a deeper understanding of the mental health challenges facing student-athletes, but also practical strategies to implement best practices for building a culture of positive athlete mental wellness.

Workshop Series Details

WHO CAN JOIN Independent school leaders, existing & aspiring athletic administrators and school professionals involved with student Mental Health & Wellness

COST $375 - includes all 3 Workshop sessions 

LENGTH 1 Hour per session

QUESTIONS: Email Carol Hatton:

If you miss (or are unable to attend) a workshop, all workshops will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date.


About Dr. Shreya Hessler

Dr. Hessler specializes in the identification and treatment of anxiety disorders, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, depression, and behavioral disorders. She is trained in cognitive-behavioral and applied behavioral therapy for the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults.  In recent years, she has worked with youth and professional athletes and consulted with sports programs to create healthy environments for athletic development. She developed a pilot therapeutic program for athletes and staff at Towson University’s Sports Medicine Department, promoting mental health wellness for students.

Dr. Hessler frequently presents locally and around the country on topics regarding anxiety and behavior management. Dr. Hessler also volunteers her time as a member of the Local Management Board of Harford County, Point of Light, and Advisory Board for the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University in Maryland. She recently served as the President of the Maryland Psychological Association and remains active in the organization.


About Casey Kutner

Casey has clinical experience working with Depression, Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Hoarding, and Sports Psychology. Casey has been trained in cognitive-behavioral and applied behavioral therapy for the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults. She utilizes an integrative approach to therapy that also pulls from mindfulness and interpersonal techniques.

In addition to her clinical experience, Casey has an extensive athletic history and a passion for sports psychology. Casey has been around high level athletics for most of her life. She played sports collegiately at the Division I level and has been coaching since the end of her own athletic career. Through both her coaching and clinical work, Casey has focused on the importance of mental health and wellness to help athletes find success both in and outside of sport. Casey emphasizes mind-body connection, resilience training, and strengths-based techniques to help cultivate growth and development in athletes.



All Workshops start at 1:00pm EST. Participant feedback will help us determine future workshop topics.

February 27, 2024

Understanding Today's Student-Athlete

The demands on the student-athlete are higher than in any previous generation. Athletes of today are beginning their journeys earlier, with more intense training, and at times almost impossible expectations to compete and win. However we are only beginning to understand that their capacities for resilience and coping with adversity are often underdeveloped. This hour will be spent reviewing the current research in what athletes face psychologically, and what supports can be built into athletic programs to increase wellness during and outside of play.

March 19, 2024

Parental Influences on Student-Athletes

Parents often have significant direct and indirect influences on the wellness of a student-athlete. Most often their intentions are positive. However there often can be complicated dynamics between the parental/athlete and parent/coach dads that can negatively impact individual athletes, teams, and programs. This hour will focus on how Athletic Directors and coaches can understand the sometimes complicated parental impact of student-athlete wellness and learn how to develop positive communication and relationships with the caregiver community.

April 16, 2024

Empowering Coaches on Wellness

Coaches are often faced with the impossible mission of building winning programs and winning mindsets in their athletes. In addition, they also serve many other roles without the education and support to do so. This hour will target how athletic administrators can work with coaches to help define their roles, identify team core values, and identify the steps to take when there is concern about team or individual awareness.

“The Finney Search Group's expertise, professionalism and deep understanding of independent school culture are unparalleled in the industry. I trust them implicitly and value their partnership.”  

David Farace, Head of School
McDonogh School, Owings Mills, MD

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