Using Sport Psychology Consultation Models to Work with Athletes Across the Lifespan

Michael Berrebi, West Virginia University, USA
Leigh Bryant, West Virginia University, USA
Peter Kadushin, West Virginia University, USA

Theme: Consulting/private practice

Program ID: WKSP-32

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

Room: Belle Chasse


Many sport psychology practitioners working with sport teams and individual athletes consult using a variety of different techniques and practices. Due to the diversity of sport psychology training at the undergraduate and graduate levels (Sachs, Burke, & Schweighardt, 2011), it is important for practitioners to utilize a consultation model in their work. A consultation model provides a framework that helps clarify expectations and define boundaries, which in turn informs an overall applied philosophy (Perna, et al., 1995). In this proposed workshop, the main learning objective is to discuss and complete an assigned consultation case study in a collaborative, small group setting. To facilitate a deeper understanding of sport consultation models that can be utilized with athletes across the lifespan (e.g., youth, interscholastic, and intercollegiate levels), presenters will begin the workshop by providing an informational PowerPoint highlighting four models. These models are the educational (Loehr, 1990; Ravizza, 1990; Rotella, 1990), clinical (Dorfman, 1990; Ogilvie, 1979), cognitive-behavioral (Murphy & Murphy, 2002) and Youth Sport Consultation Model (YSCM; Visek, Harris, & Blom, 2009). Attendees will then be given a consultation case study that describes an individual athlete’s presenting concern. These case studies will provide workshop attendees with the opportunity to explore and devise a working application of one of the four consultation models. Groups will be expected to present: a) a brief summary of the consultation case study; b) a rationale for the selected consultation model; c) an overview of the model applied to the consultation case study (i.e., how the model of choice can be implemented). Exploring the consultation case studies will stimulate discussion and assessment of current individual consultation practices and potential ways in which they can be improved in the future.

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