Diversity & Culture Course

Diversity & Culture Course

Online Course: July 23 - September 24, 2018

In-Person Instruction:
Tuesday, October 2 at times TBD
Wednesday, October 3 at times TBD

Beginning in July 2018, AASP will be partnering with Long Island University (LIU) to offer its inaugural Diversity and Culture course to fulfill the required knowledge area, K8: Diversity and Culture (effective June 1, 2018) of the CMPC Certification requirements. The course is designed to explore cultural sport psychology and how multicultural factors influence people and human interaction. Additionally, enrollees will examine their own cultural biases, values, beliefs and behaviors and understand their influence on individuals from different multicultural groups.

This online program will begin the week of July 23rd, 2018 with a total of 10 weeks of instruction. Participants will be required to attend 10 hours of in-person instruction, held at the conference site just prior to AASP’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Toronto (October 2 – 3, 2018). The course will culminate in an online final exam following the in-person instruction. Robert Owens, EdD, CSCS and Tanya Prewitt-White, PhD, CMPC will be the featured instructors. Tuition for the course is $995.


  • ​What is multicultural psychology?
  • Self-reflexivity in applied SEP practice
  • Obstacles to cultural competence
  • Cultural identity development
  • Immigration and the acculturation process
  • Racism, microaggressions and white privilege
  • Gender and sexual prejudice
  • Cultural, physical activity and health
  • Multicultural issues in research, testing and assessment
  • Culturally-sensitive consulting strategies

Please Note: This course is for continuing education and fulfills AASP prerequisites for certification, but is NOT offered for college or graduate credit.


  • July 23: Course Begins
  • September 24: Online Course End Date (10 weeks)
  • October 2-3: Onsite Module - AASP 2018 Conference in Toronto (required)
  • October 14: Online Exam Due by 11:59pm EST


  • Students will be able to access online course content at any time once they receive course access instructions.
  • Course access instructions will be sent to students prior to the start of the course. They will have an LIU login to access the course.
  • The course is self-paced.
  • The course was built online, so it is neither pre-recorded nor live; all the course material is online for students to read and interact with the instructor and other students.
  • The instructor will primarly interact with students via the website in text. They are also available by phone and email on an as needed basis.
  • Students are required to attend the onsite class sessions at the AASP Annual Conference. 
  • An online comprehensive exam will be made available to students after the onsite instruction at the conference and open for an announced, limited period of time.
  • Students who pass the course will be provided with a certificate of completion.



Dr. Rob Elliott Owens, CSCS, is an adjunct professor in the Sport and Performance Psychology Program at the University of Western States. He is a certified health and wellness coach and a certified strength and conditioning coach. Rob currently serves as the chair of the AASP Diversity Committee and sits on the editorial board for the Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology (CSSEP) journal. His research interests include anti-oppressive theorizing of the body within sport and physical activity, and (re)conceptualizing social justice advocacy, multicultural competence, and health and wellness in applied sport and exercise psychology settings from an integrative and holistic lens. Outside of his work with AASP, Rob is a member of the Public Relations and Communications Commission for USA Boxing and sits on the Council for Wellness Credentialing Excellence through the National Wellness Institute.

Dr. Tanya Prewitt-White, CMPC is a faculty member of the Kinesiology Department at the University of Illinois-Chicago and owns a consulting business, Mental Rhythm, where she provides consulting services to diverse exercisers, athletes, teams and coaches. Tanya also presently serves as a member of the AASP Diversity Committee. Her research interests include the intersectionality of race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexuality and family dynamics as it pertains to exercise and sport performance. Dr. Prewitt-White has published in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, Athletic Insight, the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS): The Moving towards Justice Series Papers, Journal in Amateur Sport, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal and was a contributor to the book, Muscling in on New Worlds. She was an invited speaker at the 2015 and 2017 United States Tumbling & Trampoline Convention and the 2015 USA Rugby National Development Summit. Tanya is a regular attendee and presenter at the Social Justice through Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium where she speaks about the relevance of unpacking and reflecting on privilege, in particular heteronormative Whiteness, as well as practicing cultural broaching as a professional in SEP.

If you have any questions, please contact AASP Headquarters at info@appliedsportpsych.org.

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