Coalition for the Advancement of Graduate Training in the Practice of Sport Psychology: To Infinity and Beyond

John Silva, The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: SYM-10

Presentation: October 3, 2013 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Room: Belle Chasse


The recommendations of the Coalition for the Advancement of Graduate Training in the Practice of Sport Psychology have been presented for undergraduate preparation, three educational pathways to CC-AASP status, and for practicum experiences, mentoring, and supervision. This final presentation will provide a brief look at the future - in the words of the immortal Buzz Lightyear, “To Infinity and Beyond.” The recommendations are designed to assist the profession of sport psychology to find common ground in the preparation of sport psychology practitioners. The Coalition’s recommendations provide clarity to aspiring sport psychology practitioners, current graduate students attempting to determine an educational pathway that will provide a “good fit” with their personal career path, and colleagues who wish to retool and legitimately practice sport psychology. A solid undergraduate preparation, clear educational pathways through CC-AASP for those with different career goals, and quality practicum mentoring/supervision will increase the likelihood that those pursuing graduate work in programs that follow these recommendations will receive education and training that will best prepare them for the challenges that await sport psychology practitioners. How to move forward with these recommendations and how to best implement them at the program level will be discussed and an action plan offered to move the educational model for the preparation of professionals in sport psychology into the 21st Century.

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