Coalition for the Advancement of Graduate Training in the Practice of Sport Psychology: Best Practices in Supervised/Mentored Applied Training Experiences

Alexander Cohen, United States Olympic Committee, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: SYM-10

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

Room: Belle Chasse


This presentation will review strategies for supervised/mentored applied sport psychology training experiences. Particular attention will be focused on developmentally appropriate sequencing of experiences as trainees matriculate through novice, intermediate, and advanced levels of applied consultation to meet (and exceed) minimum standards for competency. Novice level supervised/mentored experiences start with role-playing that can be supported and enhanced by observation. These experiences help to develop multiculturally competent practitioners and provide a safe environment for trainee learning, allowing trainees to gain confidence and competence in the consulting role. It is essential that early training experiences and all future consulting involve supervision/mentoring to ensure the protection and care of athlete-consultees. Benefits of direct live supervision/mentoring as well as the strengths and weaknesses of indirect approaches (retrospective self-report) will be presented. Similarities and differences between supervision and mentoring will be discussed. The importance of video-assisted feedback, reflective practice and consultant self-care will be discussed.  As trainees reach intermediate skill levels, experiences expand to include multiple sources of feedback from structured group work with co-consultants, peer supervisors/mentors, and practicum supervisors/mentors. Advanced trainees’ roles are more autonomous (lead or sole consultant) and may include the development and acquisition of supervision/mentoring skills, perhaps as supervisors of novice trainees. Guidance for training of supervisors/mentors for three educational pathways/endpoints (CC- AASP; CC- AASP licensed Master’s practitioner ; CC- AASP licensed psychologist) based on current practice among graduate schools with established and sustainable applied sport psychology programs and best practice standards according to CC-AASP, CACREP, APA, and National Register/ASPPB will be provided.

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