Successful sport psychology professionals have benefitted from stimulating conversations, challenging questions, support, camaraderie, guidance, and advice offered by their graduate school classmates. Peer relationships are vital and valued aspects of professional development, with many of the relationships formed during school, serving as the closest confidences and strongest friendships throughout careers and lifetimes. Yet, the voices and experiences of fellow graduate students are sparsely reported in the sport psychology literature, and profoundly silent in textbooks. The Peer Guide to Applied Sport Psychology for Consultants in Training provides a platform for the influential voices of peers, with whom graduate students relate and connect on a visceral level.
Mimicking the environment of a thriving classroom, each chapter within the Peer Guide is primarily authored by graduate students, or in some cases recent graduates, with an academic mentor serving a secondary role. The chapter topics were selected by the editors—all of whom are experienced graduate instructors and have taught and mentored many young professionals—as areas where graduate students are commonly challenged, and correspondingly, where peer support and guidance are most valued. These topics include developing a theoretical orientation to performance excellence, utilizing science to guide practice, ethics, getting the most from supervision, initial experiences in consultation, working with both individuals and groups, and multicultural considerations. The chapters are written in a personal, relatable tone and provide science and practice, challenge and comfort, humor and vulnerability, and insights and anecdotes that are particularly meaningful and accessible coming from peers. A unique addition to the sport psychology literature, this volume is a key resource for developing and established consultants alike.
Table of Contents
1. Developing a Theoretical Orientation to Performance Excellence Joanna Foss, Chad Doerr, Emily Minaker, Mark Aoyagi
2. From Science to Practice: The How’s Of Transferring Classroom Lessons to Field Experiences and Applications Trevor Cote, Julie Vieselmeyer, Artur Poczwardowski
3. Recognizing, Understanding, and Resolving Ethical Issues Leigh Bryant, Megan Byrd, Jack Watson
4. Being Comfortable With Uncomfortable: Expanding Your Competence Zone Jeb Clay, Laura Reutlinger, Jessica Eichner, Cindra Kamphoff
5. Getting the Most from Supervision: Lessons on Exploration, Communication, and Applications Taryn Brandt, Adisa Haznadar, Anna Maaranen-Hincks, Jiang Shu, Erika Van Dyke, Judy Van Raalte
6. Layers of Oversight: Professional Supervisor, Peer Supervisor, and Peer Megan Marsh, Tommy Fritze, Jamie Shapiro 7. Initial Experiences in Practica Kensa Gunter, Emily Tonn, and Robert Harmison
8. Reflecting On Two or More Years Of Practicum Experiences: Challenges And Lessons Learned Joey Ramaeker, Shelly Sheinbein, Alexandra Thompson, Alex Auerbach, Trent Petrie
9. Working With Individual Clients: Would I Prefer to Stand in Front of a Group? Jessica Dale, Steve Portenga
10. Working with Groups: On Engaging, Communicating, and Impacting both the Individuals and Teams Mike Lewis, Angus Mugford
11. Boundaries: Transitioning between Coaching, Consulting, and Teaching Jen Schumacher, Zachary Brandon, Traci Statler
12. Multicultural Considerations and Competencies in Consulting Aaron Halterman, Nicole Gabana, Jesse Steinfeldt
13. Practical issues and Frequently Asked Questions Jamie Shapiro, Artur Poczwardowski, Mark Aoyagi
Mark W. Aoyagi, Ph.D., is Director of the Sport and Performance Psychology program and Founder and Director of the Center for Performance Excellence at the University of Denver. He is CC-AASP, a licensed psychologist (CO), and maintains a group practice, Sport and Performance Excellence Consultants, which provides performance psychology consulting services.
Artur Poczwardowski, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of Field Placements for the Master of Arts in Sport and Performance Psychology program at the University of Denver. He is a Certified Consultant, AASP (Association of Applied Sport Psychology) and is listed in the USOC Sport Psychology Registry.
Jamie L. Shapiro, Ph.D., is a faculty member and Assistant Director of the Master of Arts in Sport and Performance Psychology program at the University of Denver. She is a certified consultant for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP) and is listed on the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry.
"This new text offers a unique and important contribution to existing resources in the field of sport psychology by explicitly cultivating and highlighting the valuable and sustained impact that graduate school peers provide throughout one's professional journey. While most scholars can readily articulate their own lived experiences attesting to the enduring and distinct niche that graduate school colleagues provide, until this text, formal attempts to harness and edify these important relationships have largely been absent from the literature." – Colleen M. Hacker, Ph.D., Professor, Kinesiology, Pacific Lutheran University, and CC-AASP, United States Olympic Committee Mental Skills Registry
"This guide deals with the real issues every professional in sport psychology faces, and it works through the issues in a very readable way. Both young and more seasoned applied sport psychologists will gain a great deal from this very enjoyable text. Highly recommended!" – Sean McCann, Ph.D., Senior Sport Psychologist, United States Olympic Committee
"This text is a collaboration of students and their mentors exploring their authentic experiences consulting in various domains of applied sport psychology. The sharing of lessons learned by one's peers helps one understand the consulting process in a truly productive manner that addresses the reality of the work." – Kenneth Ravizza, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, California State University, Fullerton