Challenges & Solutions of Consulting Internationally
Kathryn Longshore, Temple University, USA
Theme: Professional development and mentoring
Program ID: SYM-01
Presentation: October 2, 2013 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
In this ever-evolving, international world, consulting opportunities are becoming increasingly diverse. Athletes all over the world require sport psychology and consultants are gaining education and experience abroad. When it’s time for consultants to return from overseas, one might assume that ends the consulting relationship, which has been built. However, technology may be a way to bridge this distance and allow the relationship to continue. Consulting internationally is both a challenging and lofty proposition. In this presentation, personal experience with providing sport psychology support to a National Team from abroad will be shared and discussed. The presentation will detail the start of the consulting relationship, which began in person, the year and a half of long-distance consulting, and the culminating international competition, which again brings the consultant and team back together. The challenges associated with this type of consulting will be addressed, including time zone differences, team session interaction, one-to-one contact sessions, loss of “spur of the moment” consultations, and decreased observation time. The ways in which these challenges have been tackled and overcome will then be detailed, including using creativity, being flexible, creating a common Internet space, and adapting session formats. The parameters and methods of communication will also be outlined, in particular utilizing Skype, email, and Teamer.