The Process of the Redondo Beach Sport Psychology Consulting Think Tank

in The Sport Psychologist
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Think tanks are small, cooperative learning groups that have the potential for unique learning outcomes. Addressing the “art” component of sport psychology service delivery via think tanks allows deep professional and personal exploration and meaningful exchange. In this article, we describe Dr. Ken Ravizza’s think tank organized in Redondo Beach, California, November 20-22, 2003. Ten established sport psychology professionals, 14 young professionals/graduate students, and 9 experienced coaches met to share important lessons from applying sport psychology in competitive settings. In this report written as “anecdotal reflection,” we provide an in-depth account of the process of the Redondo think tank to allow potential replications by those seeking ongoing professional growth and the advancement of applied sport psychology. Additionally, recommendations on how to rigorously study future think tanks are offered.

Artur Poczwardowski is with the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695. E-mail: apoczwardowski@barry.edu. Larry Lauer is with the Department of Kinesiology at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. E-mail: laurl@msu.edu.

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