What is Most Important: Using Values in Team Work

Jeni Shannon, Regis University & Strive Sport Psychology, USA

Theme: Group dynamics

Program ID: WKSP-34

Presentation: October 5, 2013 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Room: Belle Chasse


The recent popularity of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT; Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999) and Mindfulnesss-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC; Gardner & Moore, 2004) in the field of sport psychology has highlighted the importance of exploring what athletes value in their lives and their sport. Using values can be a meaningful and effective intervention in working with athletic teams on common consulting issues. It is critical for athletes and teams to identify what is most important to them in their sport and make the connection between values and their everyday choices. The awareness of values can become an anchor that allows athletes to move towards what is most important to them, as a teammate, a leader, and a performer. By defining values and engaging in actions based on those values, athletes are more likely to meet their performance goals (Gardner & Moore, 2007). This workshop will introduce a variety of ways to incorporate values work into sport psychology consulting with athletic teams. Specific applications and interventions will be addressed for using values in teambuilding, leadership, and performance enhancement. The interventions presented in this workshop have been used successfully with collegiate athletes and have appropriate applications with athletes at any level. Participants will gain an increased understanding of how values-based work can be beneficial and widely applied. Those attending this workshop will learn concrete strategies for use with teams and identify ways to broaden applications. Participants will receive handouts that can be used with teams and athletes. Participants will engage in values-focused exercises during the workshop and have the opportunity to brainstorm in breakout groups how they might implement these ideas with the populations they work with. Group discussion will also address potential applications to individual athletes and coaches, as well as appropriate follow-up interventions.

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