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Finding Your Ethical Way: Realities of Practice in a Multi-Disciplinary Field

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Speaker: Tim Herzog, EdD, CMPC, Reaching Ahead Counseling and Mental Performance

Sport and performance psychology, a multidisciplinary field, is diverse across form, function, and practitioner background. Similarly, the ethics codes practitioners rely on are also varied (i.e., some combination of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, the International Society for Sport and Performance Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and/or others). Ethics overlap with laws which vary depending on the state, territory, or country where the practitioner is licensed (if they are licensed). Common wisdom dictates that a practitioner must always abide by the most stringent ethical standard. This webinar will highlight some key commonalities between different codes, as they apply to practitioners. Core issues to sport and performance psychology that will be broached include competence, representation, boundaries, beneficence vs. nonmaleficence, multiple role relationships, informed consent, assessment, confidentiality, documentation, risk management (including suicidal risk), decision-making models, self-care, and recent advancements in sport psychology ethics. Case scenarios will be utilized throughout the presentation to demonstrate concepts in practice.

Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  • Describe some key commonalities and differences between commonly used ethics codes
  • Distinguish between mental health and mental performance and why it’s important
  • Know how to implement a decision-making tree
  • Be able to make the leap from theory to practice, in abiding by some important standards

CE Credit
This program has been approved for 1.25 hours of CE in the area of ethics to partially meet the continuing education recertification requirement for Certified Mental Performance Consultants® (CMPC). 

Program Format
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About the Speaker
Dr. Tim Herzog is a Licensed Psychologist in Virginia and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Montana. He works with athletes nationally and internationally, and his practice, Reaching Ahead is located in Annapolis, MD. Herzog is a Fellow with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and serves on the organization’s Ethics Committee. He is a Certified Mental Performance Coach (CMPC), is listed on the USOPC Sport Psychology (2012 to present) and Mental Health (2021 to present) Registries, and is Board Certified in Biofeedback (BCB). Mindful of the power of relationships, he conducts evidence-based practice, pulling from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Mindfulness based approaches, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Interpersonal Process. Herzog also pulls wisdom from his years of coaching, notably having served as Head Coach of the Boston College Sailing Team 2001-2002, when the team placed 5th at ICSA Co-Ed Nationals and received 4 All-American honors (more than ever prior in BC history).

Dr. Herzog aims for the highest ethical standards in his own work, assisting athletes and others in feeling and performing their best. He has participated on AASP’s Ethics Committee for a decade, designed National University’s performance psychology ethics curriculum for masters students, and taught the course for several years. Viewing himself as a constant work in progress, he continues to learn along his own professional journey. A consummate educator, whether formerly (e.g., as a CMPC/BCB mentor and an adjunct professor with Saybrook University) or informally (e.g., chatting with students at conferences and self-admittedly being over-active on professional email lists), Herzog is committed to helping the next generation of sport psychologists, counselors, and performance consultants to do good work and to represent the field well.


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