Navigating A Professional Relationship with a Stakeholder Outside the Typical Team Environment.

Kelly Madden, Boston University, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: SYM-25

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

Room: Oak Alley


Building strong professional relationships is critical for the success of sport psychology services. Not only does a consultant need to be adept at navigating relationships with individual athletes, coaches, and teams in general, but also with those who impact the sport experience less directly. At the collegiate level, administrators are responsible for the well-being of the teams under their roof and their opinions and decisions can have a dramatic impact on the services a consultant provides and the role he or she plays (Wrisberg, Withycombe, Simpson, Loberg, & Reed, 2012). This presentation will focus on the relationship between the presenter and the assistant athletic director (AAD) at a high caliber academic and athletic Division-III university over a two-year period. The relationship has developed from one with minimal contact to being a more professional relationship with regular check-ins. Over that time, discussions have revolved around how to market sport psychology services to the athletes, coaches, and teams. The presentation will focus on the evolution of this relationship and how it contributed to the expansion of sport psychology services at the university. Specifically, the presenter will focus on the issues considered when being invited to consult with several new teams by the AAD, including: responsibilities to teams, limited resources, role of the consultant, and the involvement of the AAD in work. The presenter will discuss the importance of balancing a professional philosophy (Poczwardowski, Sherman, & Ravizza, 2004) with ethical considerations (Pope & Vasquez, 2011) to ensure competent work and effective communication.

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