What: BCIA Webinar: Sport Psych Meets Biofeedback

When: September 21, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Why: “Old school” sport psychology emphasizes ideas consistent with traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): “Control or suppress negative cognitive processes and everything will fall into place, emotionally, physiologically, and in terms of behavior/performance.” Recently, sport psychology has finally been catching up with third wave CBTs (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy), de-emphasizing control, and placing emphasis on the value of mindfulness and acceptance. Practitioners of biofeedback have long been aware that: 1) attempts at “controlling” one’s psychophysiology can paradoxically result in less control; and 2) one does not have to accept complete powerlessness with one’s physiology. Developing self-efficacy with self-regulation skills, the ability to influence one’s physiological stress responses, can lead to more optimal states of recovery and performance. Biofeedback, used in tandem with adapted “old school” sport psychology approaches, can boost capacity for influencing one’s psychophysiology and performing one’s best, for athletes, other kinds of performers, or anyone else aiming for more optimal functioning. This program will present practical ideas and case examples, specifically with heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback, that practitioners can integrate into their practice.

Note: please contact BCIA for purchase of this webinar and collect continuing education credits towards BCIA cerfification. APA credits were only available to those who attended it live.


What: Know Before You Go: Assessment in Sport Psych Consulting (Author’s Symposium)

Who: Erin Haugen, Assessment and Therapy Associates of Grand Forks, PLLC, USA; Jim Taylor, Dr. Jim Taylor, USA; Tim Herzog, Reaching Ahead Counseling and Mental Performance, USA; Graig Chow, Florida State University, USA; Brandon Orr, University of Missouri, USA

When: Wednesday, October 3 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Where: 33rd Annual AASP Conference, Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

Why: Assessment is the foundation of effective sport psychology intervention; it provides a clear understanding of a client. Whether working with individuals or teams, assessment guides optimal decision-making with subsequent intervention. This symposium will introduce an expansive view of assessment in sport psychology that includes five powerful evaluation tools and how they can inform sport psychology interventions: objective inventories, interviewing, biofeedback, observation, and mental health screening.


What: Set Fees with Ease: Exploring the Process (Panel)

Who: Tim Herzog, Reaching Ahead Counseling and Mental Performance, USA; Jim Taylor, Dr. Jim Taylor, USA; Kaimare Laird, The Performance Pursuit, USA

When: Thursday, October 4 8:15 am – 9:30 am

Where: 33rd Annual AASP Conference, Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

Why: Essential components of running a consultancy include knowing what to charge for consulting services and speaking engagements plus a method for arriving at said numbers. One also needs an understanding of what is needed to earn a sustainable living as a full-time consultant. This panel, comprised of three presenters at the early, middle, and later stages of their careers, will offer insights and practical information to determine whether a full-time consulting career is feasible and how to establish strategies and fee structures that will help you achieve your career goals.


What: Student Workshop: Beginning Stages of Starting an Applied Consulting Business

Who: Cindra Kamphoff, Private Practice & Minnesota State University, USA; Tim Herzog, Reaching Ahead Counseling and Mental Performance, USA

When: Thursday, October 4 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Where: 33rd Annual AASP Conference, Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

Why: This workshop will bring a combination of experiences from successful practitioners in private practice on how to start an applied consulting business, with a specific focus on the initial steps. The workshop will cover five main topics: (1) Primary considerations; (2) Early stage obstacles (Poczwardowski & Sherman, 2011; Simons & Andersen, 1995); (3) Entity logistics; (4) Gaining entry (Fifer, Henschen, Gould & Ravizza, 2008); and (5) Next steps. The purpose of the workshop is to then help students critically think about, and begin to construct, a step-by-step plan for how to logistically begin a private practice.