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Workshop Details


Friday, April 21

Noon-6:00 p.m.

1:00-3:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop
The Critical Role the Triad Plays in an Athlete’s Success – Coach/Parent/Tween

Dr. Cleere
*$25 additional fee

More frequently in youth sports, we are seeing out of control parents, coaches who fail to respect the kids and the sport, burnt out tweens, violent games, and overall bad sportsmanship. As mental skills consultants, it’s time to take action and ensure that sports programs meet the needs and interests of pre-teens, by working with them, the parents, and the coaches. It is critical that we help kids want to learn and improve in sports, rather than playing just to win. Competition builds character when done properly and helps develop life skills, like dealing with losing and building self-esteem and confidence. Let’s make a difference youth sports.

3:15-3:30 p.m.
Welcome Remarks by Dr. Alison Pope-Rhodius, Chair of Sport Psychology and Brandon Grays (Student Coordinator)

3:30-4:00 p.m.
Being Our Best Selves: Diversity and Inclusion in Sports
Dr. Maureen Smith

Diversity in sport is no longer a catchy phrase thrown out to promote an idea or concept. Instead, it’s an objective—and one that most professional leagues and teams in the United States work to achieve. While this motivation may sometimes be related to profit, it also signals a turn towards a new appreciation of the value of differences—and how those differences can benefit organizations and teams. My brief comments will focus on recent events that help challenge us to think about how diversity and inclusion in sport can be achieved in order to help athletes achieve their best selves. Often times, the world of sport is behind the times, grounded in its routine and following the patterns of society. I argue that in the current culture, sport, in its unique ability to capitalize on diversity and inclusion, can provide examples for broader society to achieve their best.

4:00-4:55 p.m.
Failing Forward Panel
Dr. Julie Wiernik, Dr. Sari Shepphird, Dr. Paul Dennis, Dr. Michelle Cleere

As the field of sport psychology consulting continues to expand, the need for self-reflective practices as a way of improving service delivery is prevalent and warrants discussion (McEwan & Tod, 2014). The proposed panel seeks to share experiences of unsuccessful consulting which led to personal and professional growth after gleaning lessons learned. 

5:00-5:30 p.m.
Breakout Session I:
Exercise and Mental Health
Dr. Alvin McLean

This presentation will examine the research and clinical literature on the efficacy of various forms of physical exercise in the treatment of a number of different mental health conditions. The conditions range from simple arousal-related conditions such as anxiety, to various forms of clinical depression, to post traumatic stress syndrome, to psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia. The presentation will also examine the role of exercise in the treatment of more  neurological or cognitively-mediated clinical problems such as impairments in attention and concentration, memory, and difficulties with planning and problem solving. We will examine how exercise is used in conjunction with psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, as well as the use of exercise alone to treat mental health conditions.  The multicultural factors associated with exercise and mental health will be examined.

Mental Training for High Performance Athletes
Dr. Paul Dennis
Skill development and physical conditioning are the two components of high performance athletes that have received most of the attention over the years. Mental training focuses on developing an athlete’s psychological dispositions that will enhance overall performance.

5:35-6:05 p.m.
Breakout Session II:
Strike While the Iron is Hot: Four Emerging Trends in Sport Psychology
Dr. Sari Shepphird

With sport psychology gaining acceptance and recognition as never before, the time is right for taking action to expand your opportunities and your reach. We will highlight four current, practical, and actionable trends in sport psychology that are influencing the future of professional practice.

My Career as a Clinical Sport Psychologist: Insights, Obstacles, and New Directions
Dr. Julie Wiernik

Dr. Julie Wiernik will discuss the obstacles to our amazing field of sport psychology and ways to help create more sport psychology opportunities in the future. However, as with any passion in life there are risks and costs to growth. Dr. Julie Wiernik has been in the mental health field since 1997 and through her personal and professional growth, self-awareness, and vast experiences in sport and in mental health, she will elaborate and discuss the vision of how to break open our field. As with any long-term vision, we must change ourselves before we can change others.  The secrets to success are not always tangible and must take patience, determination, trust, and sacrifice. 

6:15-7:45 p.m.
Keynote Presentation
When Olympic Medals are on the Line, Even the Sport Psychologist Must be On
Dr. Karen Cogan (USOC Sport-Psychologist)

Dr. Cogan will outline the work of a sport psychologist in preparing multiple sports and numerous athletes for Olympic competition, with particular emphasis on the most recent Games in Rio. The planning begins four years out and there are many unexpected challenges throughout those years and up to the end of the Olympic competition. The presentation will conclude with ideas and recommendations for students desiring to pursue a sport psychology career.

8:00 p.m.
Networking Event - Behind the Plate Clubhouse Grill
528 Center Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553


Saturday, April 22

8:00-8:30 a.m.

8:30-8:35 a.m.
Morning Remarks
Bryanna Bruger, Conference Committee

8:35-9:35 a.m.
The Impact of Inequality in Sports on Performance for Female Athletes in the USA
Mary Foston-English and Dr. Joan Steidinger

This interactive presentation will address female athletes’ ongoing struggle for equality in sports; focusing on the issues leadership, pay inequity, media and women of color by using small group discussions, exercises, and a video.

9:45-11:15 a.m.
Keynote Presentation
Exercise and Sport Psychology: To Infinity and Beyond
Dr. Michael Sachs

The future of exercise and sport psychology will be explored, including where our discipline, in research and practice, will be headed in the coming decades.

11:25 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
Research Presentations
Elizabeth Best, Student
Deborah Osteen-Munch, Mental Skills Consultant
Akasia J-Riggins, Student

12:30-2:00 p.m.
Lunch – Sponsored by Kinders
Dan Ourian (LEAP Coordinator)

2:00-2:30 p.m.
Breakout Session I

Throws Like a Girl: A Female Sport Psychology Consultant's Experience in the MLB and beyond.
Hannah Thurley, MS (NY Giants/Mets)

Hannah discusses experiences through her athletic career, graduate studies, and her work with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The focus will be on what it is like being a female, and how to use that as a strength, in a male dominated sporting arena.

Athletes and Eating Disorders: Learning the Specialty
Dr. Jennifer Carter (OSU Lead Sport Psychologist)

Eating disorders are vexing issues in athletic organizations, and it’s rare to have eating disorder specialists on staff. What are some key advancements in eating disorder prevention and treatment that can be applied to sport?

2:40-3:50 p.m.
Research Presentations

Samantha Browne
Rodriguez, Kenley, Ede, Galvan, Gray
Drew Morgan
Dustin Venz

4:00-5:30 p.m.
Keynote Presentation
The Truth about Sexual Assault & Athletes - The Real Problem & The Comprehensive Solution
Dr. Mitch Abrams

The problem of sexual assault in sports has existed for decades. Many different programs have been developed, mostly focusing on the bystander intervention approach, and over the past 30 years, not only has the number of incidences not ameliorated, it has increased! This presentation will explain the reasons why current programming has not been effective, and provide a comprehensive solution based upon empirically supported risk factors for sex offense on college campuses, including risk related to athletes.

5:30-5:45 p.m.
Closing Remarks by Elizabeth Best, SPSA President