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Professional Ethics & Standards in Sport Psychology Course: K1

Online Course: June 12 - September 8, 2023
Online Exam by: October 1, 2023

Course limited to 35 participants - SOLD OUT FOR 2023

For the 12th consecutive year, AASP is offering a distance-learning course fulfilling the required knowledge area, K1: Professional Ethics and Standards of the CMPC Certification requirements. The program, which begins the week of June 12, is specifically geared to examine important ethical and legal issues that sport and performance psychology professionals often encounter in their work as teachers, researchers, and practitioners. 

Dr. Brandonn Harris, Program Director and Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at Georgia Southern University and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC), will be the featured instructor. A final online exam will end the course. Tuition for the course is $995. Registration is now closed and will open for 2023 on April 3.  



  • Introduction to ethics
  • Who are you? Competence, credentialing and the impaired professional/student
  • Multiple relationships/attraction 
  • Research and teaching 
  • Diversity issues 
  • The law and the practice of Applied Sport Psychology 
  • Psychological assessment and testing 
  • Financial concerns in practice and business: Marketing your services
  • Obligations to clients and protecting sensitive information: Confidentiality and privacy

The source material and textbook for this course is Ethical Issues in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (Etzel & Watson, 2014).

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


  • April 3: Registration Opens
  • May 15: Deadline for Scholarship Applications
  • June 1: Registration Closes
  • June 12: Course Begins
  • September 8: Online Course End Date (13 weeks)
  • September 15: Online Exam Open
  • October 1: Online Exam Due


  • 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. 
  • 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 primarily interact with students via the course platform. He is also available by phone and email on an as-needed basis. 
  • An online comprehensive exam will be open for an announced, limited period of time.
  • Students who pass the exam will be provided with a certificate of completion.


AASP will be offering 3 full scholarships to early career professionals or graduate student members with financial need. Preference will be given to applicants with marginalized and/or intentionally ignored identities in society (BIPOC, LGBTQIA and/or disabled). Deadline for scholarship applications is May 15, 2023. 

AASP Distance Course Scholarship Application 


Dr. Brandonn Harris is currently the Program Director and Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at Georgia Southern University where he also serves as the Graduate Program Director for the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology. He is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in Georgia, and is also listed on the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Sport Psychology Registry. 

At Georgia Southern he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of ethical issues in sport psychology, psychological aspects of peak performance, sport and exercise psychology interventions, team dynamics in sport, and supervises graduate students’ practica and internships in sport and exercise psychology. He continues to consult and serve numerous professional and collegiate athletes and teams, youth athletes, parents, and coaches on a variety of sport psychology-related topics.

As a researcher, he has conducted and published several book chapters, peer-reviewed publications, and delivered numerous national and international presentations in the areas of professional practice and ethical issues in sport psychology, youth sport, and coach and athlete burnout.

Dr. Harris obtained his bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a sport psychology specialization from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He holds two master’s degrees with one in sport and exercise psychology and the other in counseling, both from West Virginia University. His Ph.D. in sport and exercise psychology was also completed at West Virginia University.


Registration for the 2023 course will open on April 3.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Stark, AASP's Membership & Registration Coordinator, (317) 205-9225 or via email at