The Perilous but Exciting Road to Consulting

Richard Gordin, Utah State University, USA

Theme: Consulting/private practice

Program ID: SYM-27

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

Room: Napoleon


Part of doing applied sport psychology is “being you”. Your self is generated over an entire career and is influenced by many factors. Some of these factors include: your growth and development experiences, mentors, self-exploration and continued self-awareness as well as curiosity. I plan to explore my development as an applied sport psychologist over a 35-year period. I will include in my remarks the things that have worked well for me as well as the things that have required adjustment in my style. I will discuss my best consulting and my worst consulting. I will use case examples and personal anecdotes to illustrate my points. This presentation will also explore the exciting aspects of my consulting experiences around the world but also the drawbacks and challenges with such a lifestyle. The presentation will explore the effects on the consultant in regard to family life and personal stresses. Often in the world of applied sport the psychology only the glamorous aspects are shared. The author plans to explore the side of the field that includes challenges to our work.

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