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.


Sport Psychology Services for Elite Athletes Who Have Disabilities: Lessons Learned and Implications for Practice and Research

Thursday, December 8, 2016

3:00 pm Eastern (2:00 pm Central, 1:00 pm Mountain, 12:00 pm Pacific, 20:00 GMT/UTC. International attendees should convert the time accordingly.) Session length is 75 minutes.

Sara Mitchell, Ph.D., United States Olympic Committee
Jamie Shapiro, Ph.D., CC-AASP, University of Denver

In this presentation, two practitioners who provide sport psychology/mental training services to Paralympic athletes will share their unique and shared experiences in working with athletes who have disabilities.
Topics will include:

  • Background and literature on presenting concerns relevant to athletes who have disabilities
  • Performance and clinical concerns during the quad and at the Paralympic Games
  • Similarities and differences between Olympic and Paralympic athletes
  • Factors that influence intervention goals, techniques, and approaches to working with this population (including challenges and complexities)
  • Implications for practice and research with this population
  • The development and application of an emerging model of U.S. Paralympic sport psychology service provision

CE Credit
This program has been approved for 1.25 hours of CE to partially meet the 6-hour CE recertification requirement for Certified Consultants (CC-AASP).

Registration is now closed. Please check back later for an archived version of this webinar.

Students: $25
AASP Members: $35
Non-Members: $50

Program Format
You can attend an AASP webinar from your home or office. All you need is an internet connection. You can see the presentation slides on your computer or mobile device; and listen to the audio through your device, or call in with a phone. Registrants will be provided with login information 2-3 days prior to the session. The webinar will also be archived for those who wish to watch it at a later date.

About the Speakers

Sara Mitchell, Ph.D., is a Sport Psychologist for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), Paralympic Division. She has been in this role since September 2015. Sara completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychology (APA Accredited) at Colorado State University’s Health Network. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, with specialized training in sport psychology (APA Accredited), which she received from the University of North Texas. Prior to her doctoral training, she completed a master’s degree in Psychology, Health Psychology Track, at Northern Arizona University. Her role as the sport psychologist for the USOC is multifaceted and includes both direct service provision and administrative responsibilities. Administratively, Sara works closely with her Director of High Performance on a variety of tasks to meet the needs of the Division, including the (a) oversight of a network of Paralympic sport psychology consultants and medical providers (e.g., physicians specializing in issues relevant to Paralympic athletes) and (b) establishment of model of sport psychology provision specific to Paralympic athletes, teams, and sports. In addition to these tasks, Sara provides direct services to the highest performing Paralympic athletes. She is highly embedded in the three Tier 1 Paralympic sports and works with a number of individual athletes from other Paralympic sports.

Jamie Shapiro, Ph.D., CC-AASP, is an Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of the Master’s in Sport and Performance Psychology program at the University of Denver. She earned a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from West Virginia University (2009), an M.A. in Community Counseling from WVU (2008), and an M.S. in Athletic Counseling from Springfield College (2005). Dr. Shapiro is a Certified Consultant of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP), listed on the United States Olympic Committee's Sport Psychology Registry, and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Dr. Shapiro is a consultant for Sport & Performance Excellence Consultants in Denver, CO. She has consulted with youth, collegiate, elite, and Paralympic athletes from a variety of sports, including gymnastics, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, and track and field. She has been the mental training consultant on staff for several U.S. Paralympic teams at national and international events, including the 2015 Parapan Am Games.



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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