A Reflective Case Study of a Year-Long Mental Skills Training Program with JROTC Cadets

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name



Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Artur Poczwardowski

First Committee Member

Maeve O’Donnell


Performance psychology, Reflective practice, Mental skills, JROTC

Publication Statement

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The purpose of this case study is to reflect on a mental skills intervention program provided to a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Color Guard team. Case studies are utilized to provide a focused examination of a group and allow for a deeper understanding of how the intervention may have impacted the performance of the group. This case study consisted of six cadets involved in JROTC at their high school. The process of gaining information to design the intervention program involved distributing initial intake assessments, conducting frequent cadet check-ins, and observations using a mainly solution-focused brief intervention approach. The 16 session intervention program is detailed and analyzed through a description of the clients’ needs, a discussion of the key presenting problems through the lens of Self-Determination Theory, a description of the interventions utilized, and consultant reflections. Developing a strong consulting relationship with this team required flexibility and a willingness to understand the culture of the organization.


46 pages

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