Working through Diversity with Sport Participants

Robert Schinke, Laurentian University, Canada

Theme: Social and cultural diversity

Program ID: SYM-26

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

Room: Jasperwood


Long before the formal inception of cultural sport psychology, sport psychology practitioners considered matters of practitioner cultural competence utilizing general and more specific practices relevant to each client (Andersen, 1993; Parham, 2005). Slowly professionals in the field of sport psychology have come to understand how they might engage in culturally competent practice through various cultural and cross-cultural considerations (Schinke, Hanrahan, & Catina, 2009). Discussions began with writings pertaining to race and ethnicity (Hall, 2001), expanded to whiteness scholarship (Butryn, 2002, 2010), and slowly, scholarship has crystalized for us that culturally competent practice is a complex undertaking. It requires an understanding of one’s own intersecting identities as practitioner and concurrently, the integration of information about the client’s general and local cultural socialization (Schinke, McGannon, Parham, & Lane, 2012). From an understanding of self and client, these two people might negotiate understanding and seek cultural intersections where they learn about their respective differences and also identify areas where values and beliefs converge (Schinke & McGannon, in press). In this presentation, the authors consider where consultants can commit servicing mistakes that silence their own or their clients’ cultural identities. Following, suggestions are offered regarding how the consultant might engage in culturally inclusive practices that centralize identities and voices in and through sport contexts. Throughout, the authors undergird their presentation with case examples borrowed from the first author’s experiences in professional boxing.

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