Cultural Competence and Ethics of Difference in Sport Psychology Research and Practice

Tatiana Ryba, Aarhus University, Denmark
Natalia Stambulova, Halmstad University, Sweden
Robert Schinke, Laurentian University, Canada
Kerry McGannon, Laurentian University, Canada

Theme: Social and cultural diversity

Program ID: SYM-26

Presentation: October 5, 2013 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Room: Jasperwood


Cultural diversity is an important challenge that is frequently encountered by sport and exercise psychology professionals. In this symposium, the presenters wrestle with the concept of cultural competence, further highlighting challenges and controversies not only in various philosophical aspects of the concept, but also in progressing from a definition to the delivery of a culturally competent research and practice. Central to this discussion is unearthing the normative position of ‘whiteness’ through which ‘other’ voices and experiences are explained in much sport psychology research and practice. Hence we advocate for addressing cultural difference as a form of ethical and moral engagement with collective and individual subjectivities that do not yet share the privileged sociocultural space of dominant discourses. This symposium is comprised of three presentations. Within presentation one, the author overviews the conceptual framework and postulates articulated in the recent International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) Position Stand on cultural competence. The second presenter shares methodological and ethical challenges in conducting a culturally competent research. The third presenter features applied case examples borrowed from his practice, bridging conceptual insights to application. Symposium organizers will serve as moderators to coordinate discussions with the audience about the role of AASP in enhancing culturally competent research and practice.

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