ISMTE was founded 1989 by Lars-Eric Unestahl, the President of this congress.
Unestahl had during the seventees and eightees been a board member in ISSP – the International Society for Sport Psychology- and understood the need of a society with a philosophy of continuous improvement as an alternative to Sport Psychology , which had been more and more associated with the clinical model of fault seeking and rehabilitation. The idea of creation an alternative society came from USA where AAASP – The American Alliance for Applied Sport Psychology was created as an alternative to NASPA – North American Sport Psychology Association and very soon became the biggest and most popular among the two societies.
The new society – ISMTE – had Sweden as a model, where Unestahl had created Mental Training 20 years earlier (1969) and where Mental training after 10 years of focus on Sport in the eighties started to be popular in many areas of society.
Thus, the new society, which was proposed 1985, when Unestahl organized the VI world congress in Sport Psychology in Copenhagen and was created 4 years later at the ISSP congress in Singapore had 5 sections like the Swedish society.
However, the “Sport model” of continuous development for all towards “Excellence” became the common model in all 5 sections of ISMTE. The first ISMTE congress was organized by the founding president at Örebro university in Sweden 1991, the next at Ottawa university 1995 with Terry Orlick as President. Kith Henschen, a legend in Sport Psychology organized he congress 1995 at University of Utah and Pavel Bundzen, Head of the Russian-Swedish research project of mental training organized the congress at Lesgaft university in St Petersburg 2003.
So far the name of the congress had been: “World Congress of Mental training and Excellence. However ,at the congress in Beijing 2008 the name was changed to World Congress on Mind Training for Excellence in Sport and Life in order to complement the mental training with Coaching, Mindfulness, Hypnosis, etc. The Congress 2011 was at Pristhina University in Kosovo and the one in 2015 at Chandigarh university in India with professor Mohan as President. See greetings and photos from this congress in the homepage >>> click here <<<
The 2019 Congress – Two commemorative Congresses
WELCOME TO AN EXCELLENT CONGRESS ON MIND TRAINING, WHERE MENTAL TRAINING WILL BE COMPLEMENTED WITH ALL FORMS OF MIND TRAINING.
Best Regards & Welcome!