Using a Case Formulation Approach in Sport Psychology Consulting

in The Sport Psychologist

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Frank L. GardnerLa Salle University

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Providing effective sport psychology services requires practitioners to conceptualize the unique issues and concerns of each individual athlete. However, collecting information on the athlete, understanding the athlete’s issues and needs, and determining how to best assist the athlete can be a complex process. Thus, this article outlines a case formulation approach to help the sport psychology consultant assess the athlete, organize and conceptualize assessment data, classify the athlete’s issues, and choose interventions that directly target those factors that are impeding the athlete’s progress in athletics or other life domains. Two case examples are provided to illustrate the case formulation process.

Frank L. Gardner is with the Department of Psychology at La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA. E-mail: gardner@lasalle.edu. Zella E. Moore is with the Department of Psychology at Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY.

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