AASP offers webinars on a quarterly basis, providing valuable education on a wide range of topics by experts in the field. These are also available for on-demand purchase & viewing if you miss the live presentation. Credits toward re-certification of the CC-AASP designation can also be earned by participating in AASP webinars.

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Thursday, February 18

12:00 pm Eastern (11:00 am Central, 10:00 am Mountain, 9:00 am Pacific; 17:00 GMT/UTC).
International attendees should convert the time accordingly.
Session Length: 3 hours


Ceci Clark, MS, Cleveland Indians
Cristina Fink, PhD, HP Sports
Colleen Hacker, PhD, CC-AASP, Pacific Lutheran University
Aimee Kimball, PhD, CC-AASP, KPEX Consulting
Ian Maynard, PhD, Sheffield Hallam University
Sean McCann, PhD, CC-AASP, United States Olympic Committee


The goal of the conference is to share unique challenges and approaches utilized by sport psychology consultants and athletes in Olympic and professional sports. Presenters will reflect upon and share their experiential knowledge of:
  • What it takes for athletes to succeed on the biggest stages
  • What it takes for sport psychology consultants to succeed in these environments
  • The similarities and differences of consulting with elite sport as compared to non-elite/developmental/recreational sport

Conference Presentations

The Final Countdown
Ian Maynard, PhD, Sheffield Hallam University
Sports coaching, especially in the arena of world-class sport, has been identified as an inherently stressful occupation (Gould, Guinan, Greenleaf & Chung, 2002). This presentation will replicate a session conducted with the coaches of the British Sailing Team about three months prior to the Athens Olympics.  The aim of the workshop was to help the coaches identify strategies for helping the sailors/athletes, strategies for helping build team cohesion and strategies for helping themselves, in the final build-up to the Games. Specifically coaches were asked to generate pertinent goals and confidence-enhancement strategies for their sailors, consider team-building techniques that may positively influence the cohesion of the squad and most importantly, determine what they needed to do to ensure they were personally fully prepared for the Olympics. The presentation will also highlight some 'What Ifs'.  'What Ifs' are potential catastrophe situations that may arise during the competition.  The technique is used to enhance the client's ability to rationalize in stressful situations and build a positive plan of action to deal with the issue.  Throughout the presentation the parallels and similarities between elite sport and business will be identified.  Ultimately it is hoped that many of the strategies and techniques outlined can be used to help young practitioners adapt their knowledge and skills to alternative contexts/markets where clients have to 'Perform under Pressure'.

It’s Exactly the Same and Completely Different
Colleen Hacker, PhD, Pacific Lutheran University
One of the most frequently cited axioms in sport psychology consulting, especially in the “biggest” events (Olympic Games, World Championships, etc.), is to remind athletes that this competition is no different from hundreds of other events in which they have performed well and to keep plans, preparations and performance focus exactly the same. If only it was that simple and that realistic and true. This presentation will highlight the importance of understanding when, where and what similarities and differences exist when working with elite performers and teams over the course of the year and in culminating, championship events. In fact, an essential factor in successful consulting with athletes, teams, NGBs and professional organizations is a nuanced understanding and application of several enduring themes in consulting along with appropriate preparation differences based on sport, event, organization and athlete-specific characteristics.

Choosing Confidence
Cristina Fink, PhD, HP Sports
Coaches and Athletes seem to think that confidence is something that you have or you don't, and that you have confidence if you worked hard during training. Many times, coaches and athletes do not realize that the way they prepare and the communication and inner dialogue they have, can either give them confidence or take it away.  In this presentation we will discuss the main aspects coaches and athletes need to be aware of to choose confidence.

  • Coaches can choose to give their athletes confidence – or take it away – through their actions and communication
  • Athletes can choose to be confident or not with the inner dialogue or self talk they have
  • Coaches and athletes can maximize their potential by being self-aware
  • Coaches and athletes need to focus on the “controllables” and shape the athletic environment through communication, creative thinking, attitude, and emotional composure

Flying in Turbulence: Consulting With Elite Athletes at Career Defining Moments
Sean McCann, PhD, United States Olympic Committee
This presentation will focus on the special skills necessary to succeed at the moments of greatest pressure, when the normal approaches no longer work.  This is true for the athletes, whose normal skills are overwhelmed by the disruptive impact of great pressure.  This is also true of the consultant who must also “get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” and operating in a different way than normal.  Finally, the presentation will focus on the consistent elements of sport psychology work across athletes and situations, from developing athletes to elite athletes on the biggest stage.

"There is no such thing as an advanced gun fight."  -A Special Forces Soldier
Getting Back to the Basics
Ceci Clark, MS, Cleveland Indians
In working both with elite Army Soldiers as well as baseball players I have found that the most elite Soldiers and athletes are those who take pride and in and make time for the basics. These are the athletes and Soldiers that have consistent routines and approaches to performance that allow for them not to just reach potential but perform at a high level consistently. Whether on a shooting range or in the cages I have watched these Soldiers and athletes continually engage in high level repetitions on the most basic aspects of their craft, honoring the foundation of what ultimately lets them achieve at a level that is far superior to those who always want to move on to the next "cool thing". Similarly in our field I think our work is often built upon the most basic foundations of self-awareness, rapport with those we work with, and a focus on the performer and not on ourselves. We don't necessarily need to next "cool thing," we often need to be really good at the basics of our craft. Finally this presentation will address some of the similarities and differences between working with developmental players versus elite athletes.

Called Up: Consistency Is Key
Aimee Kimball, PhD, CC-AASP, KPEX Consulting
I once asked a scout what they look for in players as they decide who gets called up. He said they need to be consistent in their play and they need to be notable on the ice. They don't have to be great, they don't even have to be the best, however when they are on the ice they have to make an impact. This mentality can really help athletes at all levels to simplify their approach to and focus in competition. This presentation will focus on three areas that can help athletes to be consistently great: 1) role execution 2) developing successful habits and 3) swagger. Many sport psych consultants want to work with professional athletes but don't always understand the dynamics and lack of job security. First, getting into elite sport requires knowledge, skill, and networking, but even when you're in, a coaching change can put your job in jeopardy. I will discuss important factors in being successful at this level and in becoming a needed resource to an organization, not just to a team.


You can attend the virtual conference right from your office or home. All you need is a telephone and a computer with a high speed internet connection. The presentation's audio will be delivered over the telephone (toll-free) or through your computer. Registrants will be provided call in/login information and a web URL 2-3 days prior to the session. This information will give you access to the conference on the web in real time.


$49 – Students
$75 – AASP Professional Members
$99 – Non-Members

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Last day to register is Friday, February 12. Limited registration of 100 people per live virtual seminar. If you cannot watch the live airing, you will be able to view it on demand in the AASP Webinar Archive approximately two weeks after it has aired.


This program has been approved for 3.0 hours of CE to partially meet the 6-hour CE re-certification requirement for Certified Consultants (CC-AASP).



Webinars are 75 minutes; Virtual Conferences are 3 hours. To claim CE credits for an archived webinar, email us with the name of the webinar after you watch.

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