The Formation, Goals, and Future Direction of the Coalition for the Advancement of Graduate Training in the Practice of Sport Psychology

John Silva, The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA

Theme: Professional development and mentoring

Program ID: SYM-10

Presentation: October 3, 2013 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Room: Belle Chasse


The Coalition for the Advancement of Graduate Training in the Practice of Sport Psychology is a colleague-driven initiative designed to provide guidance and recommendations for sport psychology professionals in academic and private practice settings who are interested in educational pathways for the practice of sport psychology. This presentation will focus on how the Coalition was formed during the fall of 2012 and how the Coalition’s initiative interfaces with some of the most important founding goals of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP). A brief review of the Coalition’s work completed to date will provide a lead-in for individual presentations focused on five content areas. Each individual presenter will provide recommendations developed by their working group. Each working group is comprised of a diverse cross-section of colleagues that includes current sport psychology graduate students, practicing professionals, and academically based practitioners. The recommendations focus on undergraduate preparation for a student interested in the practice of sport psychology, three educational pathways to a practice oriented career in sport psychology (CC-AASP; CC-AASP, licensed Master’s practitioner; and CC-AASP, licensed psychologist) and recommendations for practicum experiences, mentoring, and supervision. The Coalition is developing a document that will recommend a “Gold Standard” for graduate education in the areas identified above. This document will be shared with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) membership, the AASP Executive Board, and Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA) so that the recommendations can be interfaced with each association’s efforts to advance the practice and profession of sport psychology in the 21st century.

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