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Clinical Sport Psychology

Clinical Sport Psychology

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    Clinical Sport Psychology will provide readers with an assortment of tools to use in evaluating and working with athletes. The text addresses a range of athletes’ issues in an informed and integrated approach to sport psychology. Rather than focusing on one problem area, one modality of intervention, or one aspect of professional practice, Clinical Sport Psychology blends grounded theory and sound research with effective assessment and intervention practices, presenting empirically informed intervention guidelines specific to various needs of athletes.

    This text provides the foundation needed for working with athletes experiencing a range of nonclinical, subclinical, and clinical issues. Readers will learn to thoroughly assess athletes, identify and understand their needs, and appropriately intervene with each athlete—unless a referral is necessary to better meet an athlete’s individual needs.

    Clinical Sport Psychology contains the following features:
    • A thorough explanation of the Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) approach to enhancement of sport performance
    • A detailed examination of the empirical support for traditional procedures in sport psychology
    • A detailed and practical understanding of the Integrative Model of Athletic Performance (IMAP), which integrates clinical and sport science
    • A firm understanding of the Multilevel Classification System for Sport Psychology (MCS-SP), a model to classify the wide range of athletes’ issues
    • A clear organizational structure from theory through intervention, including special considerations

    Clinical Sport Psychology presents a new way of thinking about the psychological processes that are involved in attaining and maintaining sport expertise. The text, based on clinical and sport research, bridges the gap between clinical and sport psychologists by presenting a model that connects athletic performance, basic psychological processes, and relevant empirical findings. This cutting-edge text promotes a greater understanding of the varying dimensions of clinical phenomena and how nonclinical, subclinical, and clinical issues affect athletic performance and the overall well-being of athletes. Whether helping athletes improve competitive performance, adjust to the changing demands of the athletic environment, or clarify clinical issues, sport psychologists will find valuable insight and direction from this text.

    Part I integrates relevant knowledge in clinical and sport science, laying the foundation for practice in clinical sport psychology. Part II shows how to assess and classify athletes’ issues beyond the traditional assessment approaches in sport psychology. It includes a new and useful approach to the holistic assessment of cases, thereby leading to sound intervention decisions and strategies for case formulation. Part III delves into intervention guidelines for the full range of problems and issues that the practicing clinical sport psychologist will face, and it offers both innovative and empirically informed interventions for a variety of client needs. Part IV examines special considerations in clinical sport psychology, including ethics, professional development, supervision, and future directions for the profession.

    With 30 years of ongoing practical experience with professional athletes, the authors present an integrated and holistic approach to clinical sport psychology, guiding readers in understanding, effectively assessing, and appropriately intervening with athletic clientele.

    Audience

    A reference book for current sport psychologists and for clinical psychologists who are, or will be, working with athletes. Also a textbook for courses and seminars in sport psychology.

    Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Preface

    Part I: Theoretical and Scientific Foundations
    Chapter 1. Introduction to Clinical Sport Psychology
    Chapter 2. Integrating Clinical and Sport Science

    Part II: Assessment and Classification
    Chapter 3. The Multilevel Classification System for Sport Psychology (MCS-SP)
    Chapter 4. Assessment in Clinical Sport Psychology

    Part III: Interventions in Clinical Sport Psychology
    Chapter 5. Evaluating the Efficacy of Traditional Performance Enhancement Interventions
    Chapter 6. Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) for Performance Development
    Chapter 7. Performance Dysfunction
    Chapter 8. Performance Impairment-I
    Chapter 9. Performance Impairment-II
    Chapter 10. Performance Termination
    Chapter 11. Case Formulation in Clinical Sport Psychology

    Part IV: Special Considerations
    Chapter 12. Ethics in Clinical Sport Psychology
    Chapter 13. Professional Development and Supervision in Clinical Sport Psychology
    Chapter 14. Future Directions

    References
    Index
    About the Authors

    About the Author

    Frank L. Gardner, PhD, ABPP, is an associate professor and director of the PsyD program in clinical psychology at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gardner is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, a distinction that fewer than 5% of licensed psychologists attain. Gardner has 24 years of experience as a practicing clinical psychologist, graduate educator and supervisor, and sport psychologist. He has worked with youth, collegiate, Olympic, and professional athletes. For 19 years he has been highly involved as a sport psychologist at the professional level, working extensively for multiple teams within the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association, and Major League Baseball.

    A member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Gardner is one of the first psychologists to receive the Certified Consultant designation by the Association for Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology. He was one of the primary developers of the APA Proficiency in Sport Psychology and has developed the curriculum for the training of sport psychologists for two sport psychology training programs.

    Zella E. Moore, PsyD, is an assistant professor of psychology at Manhattan College. She is also associate director of research and development for the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anger and Violence. Moore has been a sport psychology consultant for teams in the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association, and the World Indoor Soccer League. She is a member of the APA and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and she is responsible for teaching and supervising clinical and clinical sport psychology doctoral students.

    Reviews

    "The book offers readers a practical resource, and in some cases, a template for working with athletes on a variety of overlooked issues."
    American Psychological Association

    "There is a wealth of information and advice in this book that will benefit all practitioners working with athletes."
    Tiffanye M. Vargas-Tonsing, Contemporary Psychology