The Hollistic Approach: The Integration of Mental Health into Sport and Performance Psychology Consultation
Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Artur Poczwardowski, Ph.D.
Second Committee Member
Nicole Taylor, Ph.D.
Third Committee Member
Jessica D. Bartley, Psy.D.
Sport psychology, Mental health, Holistic, Integration
The purpose of this study was to examine how current sport and performance psychology consultants (SPPCs) integrate a mental health lens into a holistic performance enhancement approach by identifying common themes within SPPCs description of their practice. Purposeful sampling was used to recruit six doctoral level trained sport psychology consultants (3 female, 3 male; 𝑥̅ = 53 years of age; 1 clinical, 4 counseling, 1 sport and exercise) who held current sport psychology accreditation/certification and had extensive applied experience (𝑥̅ = 20.5). Following individual, semi-structured interviews and extensive interpretative phenomenological analysis, five higher-order themes emerged. These higher-order themes included service delivery competence, the consulting relationship, assessment and conceptualization, intervention style and technique, and professional growth. Overall, the results portrayed participants application of mental health skills across all facets of their applied practice, thereby demonstrating its relevance to sport and performance psychology consultation and the benefit of its integration in training. Future research might examine a narrow focus on the integration of the mental health lens in theories of performance excellence (TOPE; Aoyagi & Poczwardowski, 2012) and interventions in order to thoroughly examine a specific context and reliably differentiate common themes.
Allen, Kirsten, "The Hollistic Approach: The Integration of Mental Health into Sport and Performance Psychology Consultation" (2018). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 300.