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2018 Pre-Congress Workshop 13: Inter-Professional Collaboration in Sport Psychology: Achieving Synergy Between Clinical Psychologists and Mental Performance Consultants

Jun 24, 2018 08:30AM
Palais des congrès de Montréal

Presented by: Shaunna Taylor, Daphné Laurin-Landry, Heidi Malo
Sponsored by:

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Canadian Sport Psychology Association

Continuing Education Credits: 3.25



CPA/IAAP Members: $195.00 + GST + QST 

Non-Members: $275.00 + GST + QST

CPA/IAAP Student Affiliates: $125.00 + GST + QST

Delegate categories will be as per the World Bank Economic Categories:

  • Category A = Higher-income economies (GNI per capita: $12,236 or more)
  • Category B = Upper-middle-income economies (GNI per capita: $3,956 to $12,235)
  • Category C = Lower-middle-income economies (GNI per capita: $1,006 to $3,955)
                           & Low-income economies (GNI per capita: $1,005 or less)

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If you are a Non-Canadian Resident residing in a Category B or C country, please click here.

Duration: Half Day (8:30 – 12:00)
Target Audience: Clinicians and students who work or foresee working with athletes.
Skill/Difficulty Level: Intermediate Level

Workshop Description:

Psychological intervention is increasingly showcased in Olympic Games media coverage, from Rio 2016 to Pyeongchang 2018. Yet a majority of sport psychology consultants in Canada are mental performance consultants rather than licensed psychology clinicians (Salmela, 1981; Woolway & Harwood, 2015). The first have a background in Kinesiology and/or in Sport Science and seek certification by the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, while the latter undergo classic training in clinical psychology and seek extra coursework in sport science. Mental performance consultants work at the front line when athletes require help in their mental game. They must, however, work in close collaboration with psychologists when performance meets mental health. Inter-professional collaboration is an underestimated aspect of the sport psychology practice despite its central importance for the excellence, personal growth and well-being of athletes.

In this workshop, a series of tools developed in collaboration by psychologists and mental performance consultants will be presented around two objectives. Combining a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approach and ecological (Bronfenbrenner, 1977, 1986) and talent development perspectives (Côté, Hancock, & Abernethy, 2014; Laurin-Landry, 2018), participants will be taught: 1) how to evaluate demands in mental preparation and psychology and 2) how each professional’s services are combined synergistically. Specific learning goals stemming from these two objectives will be articulated around three clinical cases and the participants’ engagement in the discussion. In each clinical case, the complementarity of each expertise will be highlighted and the difficulties encountered will be discussed. Ethical questions associated with work in the sport industry will also be addressed specifically, as the practice of psychotherapy is supervised by a professional order in Quebec. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to clearly identify respective roles and strengths of each professional, understand how they can complement each other’s intervention, and anticipate when referral is required. An outline of the sport psychology assessment procedure will also be offered to participants.

 Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify respective roles, strengths and limitations of mental performance consultant and clinical psychologist.
  2. Identify how the mental performance consultant’s work and the clinical psychologist’s work can complement each other to enhance sport performance and well-being.
  3. Assess a sport psychology issue with a mental performance consultant point of view and a clinical psychologist point of view, leading to a decision making procedure for referral to either professional and for the establishment of collaboration between the two professionals.
  4. Identify the ethical challenges when working in the sport domain and how to deal with them