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Developing and Sustaining Sport Psychology Programs

A Resource Guide for Practitioners, 1st Edition

By Charles A. Maher

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168 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Description

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.

Reviews

"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

Table of Contents

PREFACE

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

About the Author

Charles A. Maher is Sport and Performance Psychologist and Senior Director of the Department of Personal and Organizational Performance with the Cleveland Indians Baseball Organization.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General
PSY003000
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
SPO000000
SPORTS & RECREATION / General
SPO041000
SPORTS & RECREATION / Sports Psychology
SPO061000
SPORTS & RECREATION / Coaching / General