168 pages | 22 B/W Illus.
Developing and Sustaining Sport Psychology Programs: A Resource Guide for Practitioners outlines a systemic approach to creating comprehensive, sustainable sport psychology programs in professional sports organizations, colleges and universities, and secondary school levels.
Based on the author’s more than thirty years of professional experience, this volume presents a framework that delineates methods for designing, implementing, and evaluating sport psychology programs, discussing topics such as needs assessment and client identification. Featuring real-world experiences and clear, non-technical writing, this step-by-step guide can be applied to a range of sport psychology programs including mental skills, life skills, coach education, leadership training, and team development programs.
Developing and Sustaining Sport Psychology Programs details a program development process that has been applied successfully at the professional, collegiate, and secondary school levels over a more than thirty-year period. It has contributed to the development of sport psychology programs that have sustained themselves over the course of time, and is an essential text for sport psychologists and mental skills coaches at all levels as well as graduate students and other professionals in the field.
"Dr. Maher has detailed the sport psychology program development and evaluation techniques that have made him a standout in the highly competitive world of professional sport psychology consulting. The strong theoretical foundation, real world examples, and professional practice exercises provide key information that novices and professionals in the field are likely to find themselves revisiting again and again. Bravo!"—Judy L. Van Raalte, Springfield College, USA
"Dr. Maher has put together an outstanding innovative resource guide for practitioners that focuses on a systems-based approach to program development and service delivery. There is nothing else like it in the Sport Psychology Literature. The book provides a practical, thorough, systematic framework for designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating tailor made intervention programs that fit the needs of any sport organization and/or team. I highly recommend it!"—Dave Yukelson, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, USA
Part 1: FOUNDATIONS
1. Taking a Systems Perspective on Sport Psychology
2. Defining and Illustrating Sport Psychology Programs
3. Setting the Stage for Program Development
4. Overviewing the Program Development Process
Part 2: CLARIFICATION PHASE
5. Specifying the Program Participants
6. Assessing the Needs of Program Participants
7. Determining Relevant Organizational Context
Part 3: DESIGN PHASE
8. Establishing the Purpose and Goals of the Program
9. Organizing the Program Design
10. Putting the Program Design into an Evaluable Form
Part 4: IMPLEMENTATION PHASE
11. Facilitating Program Implementation
12. Monitoring the Process of Program Implementation
Part 5: EVALUATION PHASE
13. Formulating a Program Evaluation Plan
14. Evaluating Program Implementation
15. Evaluating Goal Attainment
16. Evaluating Reactions to the Program
17. Evaluating the Program’s Strong Points and Limitations
18. Communicating and Using Program Evaluation Information
19. Closing Comments and Program Development Practice Standards