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Featured CE Workshops

33rd Annual Conference

October 3 – 6, 2018 |
Westin Harbour Castle |

Each program below has been approved for 3 hours of CE to partially meet the continuing education recertification requirement for Certified Mental Performance Consultants (CMPC). Workshops are subject to cancellation should less than 10 registrants be enrolled 30 days prior to the session date.

Workshops are not included with general conference registration. Fees are as follows, per workshop:

  3-hour workshop
Student Member: $54
Professional Member: $66
Non-Member: $90
APA Credit Fee (Optional): $15

Wednesday, October 3
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Critical and Cultural Sport Psychology Consulting Practices
Rebecca Busanich, St. Catherine University, USA; Tanya Prewitt-White, University of Illinois-Chicago, USA; Shannon Baird, Performance Center/AFSC, USA

Numerous calls have been made for practitioners in sport psychology to become more critical and culturally aware, citing the advantages that cultural sport psychology (CSP) perspectives may add to our applied work (Butryn, 2002; Fisher, Butryn & Roper, 2003; Gill, 2000; Ryba & Wright, 2005; Schinke & Hanrahan, 2006, 2009). The importance of culturally competent approaches to applied sport psychology is underscored by AASP's recent addition of Diversity & Culture as a required knowledge area for CMPC certification, as well as the numerous textbooks and chapters that have centered around CSP as a growing and essential aspect of our field (McGannon, Schinke, & Busanich, 2014; Ryba, Schinke, & Tenenbaum, 2010; Schinke & Hanrahan, 2009; Schinke, McGannon, & Smith, 2016).

In this continuing education workshop, three sport psychology/mental performance professionals will share their consulting praxes and experiences that draw upon, and infuse, critical and cultural sport psychology frameworks. These will include: 1) a professional who integrates feminist practices into her work with athletes at an all-women's college;  2) a CMPC who will reflect upon her personal intersectional identity, in particular her Whiteness, and its impact on her work with athletes of color experiencing overt and covert racism as well as microaggressions in sport; and 3) a CMPC who will explore how her sexual identity and critical self-reflexive praxis influences her work with soldiers. After each professional shares her/his experiences, attendees will have an opportunity to actively work through some applied scenarios and learn ways in which consultants might become more critically reflective practitioners and/or incorporate cultural sport psychology practices into their work.

Mentorship and Supervision in Applied Sport Psychology Training:  Strategies to Promote Student Competence 
Sarah Castillo, National University, USA; Doug Barba, National University, USA; Traci Statler, Cal State Fullerton, USA; Kristen Dieffenbach, West Virginia University, USA

Perhaps the most essential element in the training of neophyte practitioners is quality supervision and mentorship.  In fact, it is the mentorship experience that translates that education into competent and appropriate performance interventions.  Further, a quality supervision experience leads to trainee satisfaction in ethical, professional, and personal competencies (Foltz, et al, 2015), suggesting that the mentoring relationship can be a truly transformative experience.   Quality supervision and mentorship has been called for throughout the literature, although relatively little training or consensus in the “how to’s” of providing such mentorship has been developed (Fogaca, 2017; Watson, et al, 2004).  Targeted to graduate program directors and faculty, applied practitioners providing supervision within their private practice, and individuals seeking to expand their professional competencies, this workshop addresses the underlying importance of creating quality supervision and mentorship experiences, while offering well-worn strategies and ideas for providing supervision in both traditional and online environments.  Further, the updated supervision and mentorship requirements of AASP’s CMPC certification, will be discussed in order to assist attendees with structuring the supervision experience to allow students to successfully pursue CMPC status.  The workshop will incorporate a combination of didactic and experiential learning activities designed to enhance attendees’ delivery of mentorship services.

Thursday, October 4
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Managing Decision-Making Dilemmas: Navigating Your Ethical Expeditions
Dolores Christensen, University of Oklahoma, USA; Erica Beachy, Becker College, USA; Rachel Walker, University of Delaware, USA; Judy Van Raalte, Springfield College, USA

Consideration of, and adherence to, ethical decision-making processes within sport, exercise, and performance psychology (SEPP) service delivery is a central tenant to competent practice. Given the unique demands of the diverse and varied contexts and populations that exist within SEPP, this ethical decision-making process can be made more complicated for practitioners. Literature in the applied SEPP field has discussed the importance of ethical practice at length (Aoygai & Portenga, 2010; Etzel & Watson, 2014, 2017; Whelan, Hill, Ginley, & Meyers, 2014) but the actual process of on-the-spot decision-making in SEPP settings can still be challenging for novice and experienced practitioners alike.

Given these complexities, the purpose of this CE workshop is to provide the opportunity for “live” peer consultation within small-group discussions to assist attendees as they work through three different ethical scenarios common to SEPP work: multiple relationships, teletherapy, and addressing the unethical behavior of SEPP colleagues.

Each ethical dilemma will be framed in a format where participants will “decide” how to react to varying information provided in the given dilemma. The American Psychological Association Ethical Code (2010), American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2014), and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Ethical Code (1994) will be utilized as references during each ethical decision-making process. A handout of a sample ethical decision-making model (Knapp, Gottlieb, & Handelsman, 2015), and the AASP and ACA ethical decision-making flow charts will be provided and used as a additional references during the workshop.  

Following this CE workshop participants will: 1) be able to identify the core ethical tenants of SEPP, 2) develop a greater understanding of the ethical decision-making processes available to SEPP professionals during ethical dilemmas, 3) understand where to access the APA, ACA, and AASP ethical codes and how to utilize them, and 4) apply discussed ethical reasoning to three specific decision-making scenarios in SEPP practice.


Upping Our Game: Enhancing Supervision and Mentoring in Sport Psychology 
Jana Fogaca, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, USA; Gily Meir, USA; Lauren Tashman, Align Performance, LLC, USA

Supervision is a distinct professional practice that helps maintain the standards of a profession, and ensures that trainees develop the necessary competencies for practice (Bernard & Goodyear, 2014). The responsibility associated with the provision of supervision is of high importance as the supervisor serves as a gatekeeper into the profession and is accountable for protecting the welfare of clients (Watson, Zizzi, Etzel, & Lubker, 2004). Yet, there has been limited opportunity to develop and hone one's supervision skills or share experiences. Given the importance of supervision as well as the changes in certification requirements, devoting more attention to the process and practice of supervision is necessitated. Therefore, the goal of the workshop is to enhance participants' supervision knowledge, skills, and approach by familiarizing them with various supervision structures and practices that have been identified as effective in developing supervisees’ competence to provide sport psychology services. This interactive workshop will include: analysis and practice of scientifically based supervision approaches and practices; reflection on one's experiences, approaches, and challenges in providing supervision within different sport psychology programs and contexts; discussion of developmental and cultural considerations in supervision; and the opportunity to identify a plan for optimizing one's approach to supervision.