Expert Approaches to Sport Psychology II: Demonstrating Theory to Practice with Case Conceptualization

Anne Marte Pensgaard, Norwegian Olympic Training Centre, Norway
Kate F. Hays, The Performing Edge, Canada
Sean McCann, USOC, USA
Peter Haberl, USOC, USA

Theme: Consulting/private practice

Program ID: SYM-29

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

Room: Napoleon


The purpose of this symposium will be to demonstrate the utility and necessity of theory guiding the practice of sport psychology. Recently, preeminent sport psychology practitioners’ applied theories of performance excellence were recorded (Aoyagi & Poczwardowski, 2012), which has provided an opportunity for students, young professionals, and experienced professionals alike to collectively benefit from the wisdom of the first generations of sport psychology practitioners. In order to demonstrate the critical role theory plays in practice, the presenters will all be given the same case and will each conceptualize the client with their theory of performance excellence. From the presentations, the audience will glean the divergent, yet equally useful, approaches that may be taken with the same client. Importantly, it will be noted that theory is what makes the approaches equally useful; and that despite the various conceptualizations demonstrated, without a properly aligned compass (i.e., theory) the differing interventions will more likely result in confusion than performance excellence.

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