Direction, Feedback, and Support: Sport Psychology Case Consultation

Sean McCann, USOC, USA

Theme: Consulting/private practice

Program ID: SYM-29

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

Room: Napoleon


The presenter will discuss how his theoretical background and his “personal theory” of performance influences his conceptualization and consultation with the presented case. This presenter’s theoretical grounding is in a cognitive behavioral (CB) conceptualization. Formative cognitive-behavioral influences included work by Donald Meichenbaum (1977, 1985) and Arthur Staats (1975). The presenter believes that although there is much focus on the Cognitive aspects of a CB approach, in performance work the value of a CB approach is as much the “B” as the “C”, since in performance work, behavior is the bottom line. With interventions such as this session’s case study, the presenter has three main goals. First, he attempts to ascertain where the performer is, where the performer needs to go, and how best to get there (Direction). Second, the presenter works to develop measurable markers for progress on the path (Feedback). Finally, the presenter endeavors to help the performer deal with the inevitable challenges he or she will face along the path (Support).

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