Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
First Committee Member
Alexandra M. Ross
Mindfulness, acceptance and commitment, biofeedback, energy management, arousal
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.
Rinderer, Megan and Bernero, Adam, "Mental Skills Training in Martial Arts" (2017). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 242.