An Organizational Empowerment Approach to Consultation in Professional Baseball

in The Sport Psychologist
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This article describes a psychological skills training program developed for the Houston Astros’ minor league player development program. It represents a mode of consultation that includes the training and supervising of an appropriate professional within the organization who delivers the actual training to the athletes. The goal is to provide a quality and continuity of services that would be difficult to accomplish using the traditional outside consultant model. Issues and problems that arose in the implementation of the program are discussed, and data derived from an evaluation of the program are presented.

Ronald E. Smith is with the Department of Psychology, NI-25, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195. Jim Johnson is with the Houston Astros Baseball Club, PO Box 288, Houston, TX 77001.

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