Date of Award

5-2017

Document Type

Masters Project

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Mark Aoyagi

First Committee Member

Alexandra M. Ross

Keywords

Mindfulness, acceptance and commitment, biofeedback, energy management, arousal

Abstract

The following case recounts the experiences of two entry-level consultants implementing a 6-week Mental Skills Training program with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) athletes. Both consultants identify with an Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) approach to mental skills training. Each consultant worked with a BJJ athlete for six weeks, integrating mental skills interventions into the athletes’ existing training regimen. Overall, the interventions focused on cognitive defusion techniques, identifying and developing emotional intelligence, self-regulating arousal levels, and managing energy and attention. Consultants relied heavily on mindfulness exercises as well as biofeedback technology in order to identify, develop, and refine the psychological skills crucial for success in the world of martial artists and in life. Effectiveness of program interventions was evaluated by client feedback and consultant reflections. Consultant reflections illuminate the challenges entry-level consultants may encounter when working with individual clients.

Comments

Copyright is held by the author.

Extent

36 pages

Paper Method

Case Study

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