Just another applied sport psych book? Hardly. Get ready to take off in uncharted territory with Sport Psychology in Practice, which delves into complex, sensitive, and even taboo topics that many other texts have not approached. Compiled by renowned psychologist Mark Andersen, this text presents comprehensive and realistic dialogues between athletes and sport psychologists. These exchanges provide a real-world sensibility to the topics expressed in the book.
The text guides readers through these situations:
Understanding the dynamics of a variety of issues, including alcohol abuse and violence, referral processes, erotic transference and countertransference, and communication problems between coaches and athletes
Working with diverse clients, including athletes of color, gay and lesbian athletes, and disabled athletes
Presenting to and working with entire teams
Plumbing the depths of several complex topics, including eating disorders and injury and identity issues
In addition to covering some of these complex and deeply personal topics, the text details the fundamental issues of applied sport psychology, including developing the consultant–client relationship and connecting with teams, coaches, and individuals. In dealing with relationships a sport psychologist would typically face, Sport Psychology in Practice addresses serious ethical and philosophical issues and asks more general questions about the field and how to work with clients.
Sport Psychology in Practice contains insights from an elite list of contributors who explain, using real-life examples, how they successfully and ethically “do” sport psychology. Methods that have worked for the most respected practitioners in the field are presented with an informal, engaging approach and rely substantially on dialogue and actual experiences.
In addition, the book offers expert commentary after three chapters, expanding on the issues within each of those chapters. It includes an afterword that analyzes the key points in the book. This book is a great starting point for discussion among students and long-time practitioners regarding how the field should evolve and what issues should continue to be debated.
Part I of Sport Psychology in Practice addresses the processes of presenting sport psychology to groups, including youths and disabled athletes. Part II tackles the complex issues surrounding athletes’ concerns and ethical situations. The authors discuss cases that required great compassion in dealing with athletes in fragile conditions and precarious situations. Part III explores issues related to working with diverse athletes, including athletes of color and gay and lesbian athletes. You will consider the challenges these athletes face, the development of the relationships between the athletes and sport psychologists, and considerations of sport psychologists’ own prejudices and human frailty.
Sport Psychology in Practice covers the fundamentals and delves into complex and even threatening areas. It pushes the practice of sport psychology further than most other texts. With its coverage of taboo topics and its occasional use of frank language, it will be sure to provoke debate, discussion, and controversy—and to be a solid resource for students and professionals alike.
Part I: Team Work: Doing Sport Psychology With Groups Chapter 1. The Selling or the Telling of Sport Psychology: Presenting Services to Coaches
Harriet D. Speed, PhD; Mark. B. Andersen, PhD; and Jeff Simons, PhD
The Shopping List Model
Telling and Sharing Stories
Models of Sport Psychology
The Variety of Presentations
Training in Presentation Skills
Respecting and Involving Coaches
Being a Role Model for Coaches
Chapter 2. Integrating Mind and Body: Presenting Mental Skills to Young Teams
Clay P. Sherman, PhD; and Artur Poczwardowski, PhD
Consulting in Youth Sport
Goal Setting and Daily Practice Objectives
Working on Awareness and Arousal Control With Young Teams
Chapter 3. But Coach Doesn’t Understand: Dealing With Team Communication Quagmires
Kevin L. Burke, PhD
Communication Theory and Research
Coach Just Doesn’t Understand: A Team’s Story
Bull in the Ring
Reinforcing the Coach
Chapter 4. “I have a friend who . . .”: Group Work on Weight and Body Image
Mark B. Andersen, PhD, and Kirsten Peterson, PhD
Issues for Group Presenters
The Group Begins Work
Part II: Not Exactly on the Map: Surveying Old and New Territories Chapter 5. The Skin Game: Extra Points for Looking Good
Mark B. Andersen, PhD, and Helen J. Fawkner, PhD
Body Image Disturbance
The Male Ideal and the Prevalence of Body Dissatisfaction
Eating Disorders in Men
Reasons for Elevated Eating Disturbance and Body Image Disturbance
The Gravity of Weight: Erik’s Story
Chapter 6. Returning to Self: The Anxieties of Coming Back After Injury
Britton W. Brewer, PhD, and Albert J. Petitpas, PhD
Psychological Responses to Sport Injury
Working With Injured Athletes
Identity and Ambivalence: Chris’ Story
Chapter 7. On Stage: Mental Skills Training for Dancers
Stephanie Hanrahan, PhD
Why Do You Dance? Tracy’s Story
When Others Are Nervous
Self-Reflection (Dealing With Mistakes)
Concentration and Attention
Commentary on Chapter 7
Kate F. Hays, PhD, CPsych
“Comptrasting” Sport and Dance
The Dance Milieu
Consultant’s Knowledge and Skills
Dancers’ Expectations About Performance Consulting
Chapter 8. Facilitating Change: Alcohol and Violence Among Athletes
Robert D. Stainback, PhD, and Robert E. Taylor, PhD
Alcohol Use, Risk Taking, and Violence
Changing Problem Drinking
Facilitating Change in Problem Drinkers
Intercepting Anger: Josh’s Story
Chapter 9. Over One’s Head: Referral Processes
Mark B. Andersen, PhD, and Judy L. Van Raalte, PhD
Doubt About What?
Referral for What?
Who Can Do What? Questions of Training
Performance and Personal Issues
Thor Descending: Lucien’s Story
The Referral Process
Chapter 10. Touching Taboos: Sex and the Sport Psychologist
Mark B. Andersen, PhD
Roots of Attraction
Why Don’t We Talk About “It”?
Other Barriers to Exploration
Star Crossed: The Case of Jake and Joanna
Commentary on Chapter 10
William B. Strean, PhD, and Herbert S. Strean, DSW
Sex, Countertransference, and the Sport Psychologist
Countertransference in Action
Countertransference: Beyond the Erotic
Part III: Expanding Repertoires and Understanding Self: Diversity in Service Delivery Chapter 11. Raising the Bar: Developing an Understanding of Athletes From Racially, Culturally, and Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds
William D. Parham, PhD, ABPP
Psychology’s Legacy With Respect to Culturally, Ethnically, and Racially Diverse People
The Tre-Nine Grid Approach
Commentary on Chapter 11
Heather Gridley, MA
Chapter 12. Able Athletes With Disabilities: Issues and Group Work
Stephanie Hanrahan, PhD
What Is a Disability?
Types of Disabilities and Accompanying Issues
Introductory Group Session
Chapter 13. Straight Guys Working With Gay Guys: Homophobia and Sport Psychology Service Delivery:
Matthew P. Martens, PhD, and Michael Mobley, PhD
Gay Male Athletes in Sport
What Kind of Issues Might Emerge?
Coming Out, Backing Off, and Coming Back: the Story of Matt and Bryan
Reaction to the Case Example
Chapter 14. The Elephant in the Locker Room: Opening the Dialogue About Sexual Orientation on Women’s Sport Teams
Heather Barber, PhD, and Vikki Krane, PhD
Social Identity Perspective
My Teammates are so Negative: Jasmine’s Story
I Know I’m the Only One: Susan’s Story
But It’s My Personal Life: Ellen’s Story
Implications of the Cases
Chapter 15. Coming Full Circle: From Practice to Research
Mark B. Andersen, PhD
Confessing Prejudices on Research and the Field
The Research Relationship
Examples of the Researcher’s Own Stuff Making Things Messy
Missing the Point
One Model for the Qualitative Researcher
How Research and Practice Can Go Pear-Shaped
About the Editor
About the Contributors
Text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in sport psychology courses and ethics and issues courses and seminars. Reference for sport psychology practitioners and libraries.
Mark B. Andersen, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in the USA and registered to practice psychology in Australia. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. He teaches in the School of Human Movement, Recreation, and Performance and coordinates the master and doctoral applied psychology degrees (sport and exercise psychology emphasis) in the School of Psychology. He received his bachelor degree in psychology from the University of California at Davis in 1973 and went on to complete a master of science in psychology at San Diego State University in 1978, where the two-year degree took four years to complete because he spent way too much time at the beach working on his tan. He completed his doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1988 and immigrated to Australia in 1994. Dr. Andersen teaches graduate subjects in research design, psychology of rehabilitation, and the professional practice of psychology. His areas of research interest include the psychology of injury and rehabilitation, the role of exercise in mental health, well-being, and quality of life for those with chronic disorders (e.g., multiple sclerosis, arthritis, cerebral palsy), the training and supervision of applied psychology graduate students, and the professional practice of sport psychology service delivery.
Dr. Andersen's first book, Doing Sport Psychology (2000, from Human Kinetics) is used worldwide in applied sport psychology graduate programs and has been translated into Japanese. He has deep familial and professional ties to Scandinavia, has published in Swedish, and recently completed and published work, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Halmstad, on injury prevention in Swedish soccer players. He is also the former editor of the Professional Practice section of the international journal The Sport Psychologist. His most recent book, Psychology in the Physical and Manual Therapies (2004, edited with Gregory Kolt) was published by Elsevier Science. He has authored more than 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters and has made over 90 national and international conference presentations.
Dr. Andersen has worked for many years counseling athletes and performing artists ranging from twelve-year old junior competitors to ballet dancers to American and Australian Olympians. He lives in the best eating city on the planet, Melbourne, and spends a great deal of time with his partner supporting the restaurants in their local district of St. Kilda.