A Meta-cognitive approach to sport psychology consultancy with a touch of Awareness and Positive Response Outcome Expectancy!: An Illustration Based on a Conceptualization of the Case of X

Anne Marte Pensgaard, Norwegian Olympic Training Centre, Norway

Theme: Consulting/private practice

Program ID: SYM-29

Presentation: October 5, 2013 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Room: Napoleon


The purpose of this presentation is to illustrate how I would approach the work with the Case of X based on a meta-cognitive approach (Wells, 2011) blended with awareness training (Kabat-Zinn, 2005) and a strong Positive Response Outcome Expectancy (Ursin & Eriksen, 2004). Based on the two existential questions: Who are you? And; Why do you do what you do? I embark on a journey where the athlete, often the coach, and I form a performance team were we have two goals in mind: the athlete’s well-being and the athlete’s development in order to perform at the highest level possible. Having spent the last eighteen years working with Olympic level athletes, there is no doubt that excellent performances are what we strive for. Yet, paradoxically, we need to focus as little as possible on this end product while working with the athletes. Rather, we need to help them prepare so that they are able to cope with both successes and failures and, at the same time, grow as human beings. This “not so straight forward” journey will be presented with the Case X as a main lead, but also flavored with anecdotes from authentic experiences in the field, all grounded and underpinned with sound theoretical bases.

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