Developing Sport Psychology Within Your Clinical Practice: A Practical Guide for Mental Health Professionals

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Sport psychology was once the domain of a small number of psychologists who worked exclusively with elite Olympic and professional athletes. But today, sport psychologists also use their proven techniques with nonathletes and weekend sport enthusiasts. At a time when many behavioral health care clinicians are facing a loss of income, cut-backs, and decreased funding, many sport psychologists are enjoying practices that are expanding and thriving.

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Overview

Sport psychology was once the domain of a small number of psychologists who worked exclusively with elite Olympic and professional athletes. But today, sport psychologists also use their proven techniques with nonathletes and weekend sport enthusiasts. At a time when many behavioral health care clinicians are facing a loss of income, cut-backs, and decreased funding, many sport psychologists are enjoying practices that are expanding and thriving.

This practical and extremely useful guide is written for mental health professionals who want to apply the winning techniques of sport psychology to their current practices?and in so doing, attract a new population of clients, including both serious and recreational athletes, women, seniors, and kids at all levels of skill and experience. The author, a successful clinical and sport psychologist, gives detailed advice on the best way to include sport psychology in an existing practice. He also demonstrates how to apply cognitive-behavioral and social learning theories within a sport psychology context.

Filled with illustrative examples, this book provides suggestions for using sport psychology techniques when working with common nonsport-related issues, such as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Also covered are clinical techniques for sport-specific issues, including training, competition, injury, failure, and success. In addition, the author recommends educational and training opportunities for acquiring knowledge and credentials in sport psychology, and summarizes valuable information on marketing opportunities and practice development.

Incl. using sport psychology for non-sport related issues, such as depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem etc.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Dr. Lesyk has drawn masterfully from the helping professions and the exercise sciences to present a detailed map of the intersections of psychotherapy, exercise, mental skills, and athletic performance. Above all, this is a ?useful' book." (Mark B. Andersen, coordinator, Post Graduate Research Studies, Centre for Rehabilitation, Exercise, & Sport Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia)

"A straightforward and effective guide that will be immediately helpful to any practitioner interested in the growing area of sport psychology. This is a terrific book, and I don't mind saying so!" (Shane Murphy, author of The Achievement Zone: An 8-Step Guide to Peak Performance in All Arenas of Life)

"Covers the broad range of opportunities available to practitioners, including encouraging exercise for clinical clients, sport psychology techniques, and the challenges of psychological skills training with athletes. And throughout the book the combination of theory and practice is seasoned with a liberal dose of relevant case anecdotes." (Kate F. Hays, The Performing Edge, Toronto, Canada)

"Dr. Lesyk's book provides counseling and clinical professionals with practical, ethical, and thoughtful guidelines regarding the practice of applied sport psychology. I highly recommAnd that this book be read by any clinician who wishes to practice in the sport psychology area." (Chris Carr, head team psychologist, The Ohio State University Athletic Department, Columbus, Ohio)

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Provides guidance to experienced psychologists and social workers who wish to expand their practice into the growing field of sports psychology. Addresses how to change personal and professional priorities and increase knowledge and credentials to expand clinical practice, clinical techniques such as prescribed exercise, and how to use sports psychology techniques in other areas of clinical practice. Also treated are the special problems of amateur and professional athletes, including women, youth, and injured and aging athletes. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787940461
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.21 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

JACK J. LESYK Ph.D., is director of the Ohio Center for Sport Psychology in Beachwood, Ohio. He has provided professional services for a broad variety of elite, professional, and recreational athletes since 1981.
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Table of Contents

Setting the Course for Change: Analysis, Planning, and New Operations.

Developing Your Knowledge, Skill, and Credentials in Sport Psychology.

Using Exercise in the Treatment of Your Clinical Clients.

Using Sport Psychology Techniques with Your Clinical Clients.

Introduction to Working with Athletes.

Working with Recreational Athletes.

Working with Committed and Elite Athletes.

Marketing Your Sport Psychology Practice.

Appendix A: Selected Readings in Sport Psychology.

Appendix B: Consumer's Guide to Sport Psychology.

Appendix C: Internet Resources.

Appendix D: Mental Skills Assessment Form.

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