Rolling with the Punches: Navigating Non-performance Issues faced by Sport Psychology Consultants

David Hurley, Stonehill College, USA
Vanessa LoVerme Akhtar, Boston University, USA
Kelly Madden, Boston University, USA
Ira Martin, 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


For many people in the field of sport psychology, working professionally as a sport psychology consultant (SPC) is just one part of their professional career (Tod, Andersen & Marchant, 2012), in addition to work in academic or clinical settings (Clement, Visek, Parker & Harris, 2009). SPCs often provide performance enhancement services to professional and Division I athletes, as this is a place where the most opportunities currently exist (Kornspan & Duve, 2006; Wrisberg, Simpson, Loberg, Withycombe, & Reed, 2009), and many previous presentations at AASP have focused on working with professional and Division I athletes (Mintz, Gardner, Eiring, & Pfenninger, 2009). However, the desire for SPCs is equally prominent at many Division II and Division III colleges and universities (Patel & Houston, 2012) and with many youth sport populations (Gould & Carson, 2008; Hellison, 2003; Visek, Harris, & Blom, 2009). Working in these settings, may be a viable career choice for many sport psychology professionals and recent graduates, in addition to academic or clinical work. Because of the dynamic nature of sport psychology consulting, anyone who wishes to make a career as an SPC, doing performance enhancement consulting, must be willing and able to work in a number of different settings, with athletes across of different ages, encouraging lifelong learning through sport, from youth to adulthood. This symposium brings together several sport psychology consultants who work at the Division I, II & III levels and with youth athletes, with the goal of providing information about the nuances in these settings, such as gender issues, ethical issues that stem from the dual roles of professor and consultant, working with athletic administration, and working with a group of athletes who are at a variety of developmental stages.

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