Sports Psychology and Clinical Psychology News for 05-18-2019

Sports Psychology – Helping Youth Athletes Overcome Fear of Not Measuring Up

International Society of Sport Psychology

WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY. The International Society of Sport Psychology is an organization devoted to promoting research, practice, and development in the discipline of sport psychology throughout the world. ISSP is a worldwide organisation concerned with sport psychology. The International Society of Sport Psychology is an organization devoted to promoting research, practice, and development in the discipline of sport psychology throughout the world. This Think Tank was launched on the initiative of the International Society of Sport Psychology with engagement from the world’s major sport psychology societies, presently including AASP, FEPSAC and ASPASP. 

Leading researchers and practitioners representing international sport psychology organizations from around the world will discuss the implementation of best practices on mental health for Olympic athletes. The multi-societal Think Tank event is planned to be an annual event, allowing the discussion to continue in an international forum. The inaugural Think Tank on athlete mental health was hosted by Team Denmark and the University of Southern Denmark in 2018, and resulted in the production of a consensus statement on improving the mental health of Olympic athletes: In the statement, the experts outlined several key future challenges such as defining mental health in a performance context, developing performance environments that nourish athlete mental health, and mapping the role and profile of a mental health officer in sport. Focus will be on the mental health of high performance coaches. 

The ongoing change in location will stimulate cultural sensitivity in relation to this topic and ensure that cross-national concerns and solutions are discussed for the betterment of elite athlete mental health, globally. MEMBERSHIP. The ISSP is the only worldwide organization of scholars explicitly concerned with sport psychology. Members of the Society include researchers, psychologists, educators, coaches, and administrators, as well as students and athletes interested in sport psychology. Membership has many benefits, including an annual subscription to the IJSEP, access to ISSP’s awards and fellows, and a reduced fee for attending ISSP conferences. 

Stanford University Athletics

The mission of Stanford Athletics Sport Psychology Services is to provide comprehensive sport psychology services to support student-athletes in becoming their best selves; to promote mental health, emotional wellness, and optimal performance; and to contribute to an inclusive athletic department and campus community. Stanford Athletics has had an ongoing and collaborative relationship with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to provide integrated behavioral health services to Stanford student-athletes, including this full-service sport psychology program. Confidential individual counseling and performance consultations, psychological rehabilitation from injury, career counseling, medication evaluation and management, and specialized care referrals for varsity student-athletes. Team sessions, subgroup sessions, or workshops are available for Stanford varsity teams and tailored to the team in collaboration with coaches and staff. Sessions are designed to address the unique needs of the participating team and to provide memorable active learning experiences to build team unity, reinforce team mission and vision, clarify team goals, roles, and responsibilities or teach mental skills. 

Staff Consultation is available for any DAPER staff or campus partner with a sport psychologist. While we only provide individual counseling/psychotherapy to varsity student-athletes, we frequently consult with coaches, administrators, athletic trainers, PTs, physicians, sports performance, and nutritional staff. We strive to collaborate with others to support DAPER staff, coaches, teams, and student athletes to thrive and succeed at Stanford. The Stanford Athletics Sport Psychology Team consists of licensed psychologists with expertise and specialized training in sport and performance psychology and student-athlete mental health. We are committed to providing holistic, integrative psychological and performance interventions tailored to the unique needs of student-athletes. 

Many colleges, in fact most, provice counseling but few provide legitimate sports psychology services. There is much more evolution needed, states Dr. John F Murray.