The Role of Sport Psychology in the Intensive Treatment of Athletes with Eating Disorders

Jennifer Gapin, McCallum Place, USA
Ron Thompson, McCallum Place, USA
Roberta Sherman, McCallum Place, USA

Theme: Clinical issues

Program ID: WKSP-06

Presentation: October 2, 2013 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Room: Oak Alley


This workshop will discuss the components of an intensive treatment program for athletes with eating disorders with emphasis given to the role of sport psychology. Primary learning objectives for practitioners, professionals, and coaches include: obtaining knowledge about the value of including a sport psychologist or sport psychology consultant as part of the treatment team; the application of sport psychology skills training as a treatment component; and how best to integrate these skills into standard eating disorder treatment. Specific rationales for including sport psychology in treatment will be discussed, including: Sport psychologists/consultants provide expertise regarding aspects of the sport environment that may serve to maintain the disorder; mental skills training allows athletes whose physical health may too compromised for full physical training to feel connected to their sport and also feel that they are working on sport performance enhancement; sport psychology issues regarding motivation, confidence, and focus are also salient issues in clinical treatment; and sport psychology skills training regarding issues such as arousal control, self-talk, goal-setting, and mindfulness coincide with similar skills training in treatment; that is, the skills in one area can be used in the other. Materials to be shared include instructional and informational handouts on the role of sport psychology in the treatment of eating disorders and case studies of athletes who have received sport psychology services while in intensive treatment for an eating disorder.

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