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APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY IN CANADA

The Canadian Sport Psychology Association (CSPA) is devoted to applied sport psychology. Applied sport psychology involves facilitating the development of mental and emotional skills, techniques, attitudes, perspectives, and processes that lead to performance enhancement and positive personal development. The CSPA logo embodies the yin-yang symbol to reflect our vision and appreciation of the physical and psychosocial dimensions of well-being of performance as well as the holistic development of individuals who are not just "athletes" performing in sport but "persons" performing in life.

CSPA Professional Members are consultants who work with athletes and coaches to assist them in achieving many of the following objectives:

 

  • Reach their performance potential in sport and/or other aspects of life

  • Regulate arousal, stress, and/or emotions

  • Improve confidence, motivation, and concentration

  • Manage time effectively

  • Mentally plan for training and competitions

  • Create and maintain positive environments

  • Improve communication skills

  • Learn specific performance enhancement techniques (e.g. imagery, goal-setting)

  • Improve recovery and regeneration 

  • Debrief and evaluate performance or programs 

  • Improve decisions making processes

  • Rehabilitate from an injury

  • Make a positive transition from sport

CSPA Professional Members have met a high standard of education and training and have gone through an extensive review process. Professional members abide by the CSPA code of ethics and fulfill the following criteria:

 

  • At a minimum, a Master's degree in sport psychology or a related field

  • A demonstrated understanding of foundational disciplines such as human kinetics or kinesiology, psychology, and counselling 

  • Extensive consulting experience

  • Hands on experience in sport

  • Favourable supervisor and client evaluations

Information above from: https://www.cspa-acps.com/copy-of-about