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IC07 Personal Development Workshop 26 - Get as Nervous as You'd Like: A New Model for Sport and Performance Enhancements - Janet Sasson Edgette, PsyD

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Erickson Congress |  Erickson Congress 2007
Janet Sasson Edgette PsyD
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Original Program Date:
Dec 06, 2007
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This workshop teaches an approach to working with athletes and performing artists that helps them to learn how they can perform well even though they are nervous, afraid of failing, or self-doubting. In this model, individuals are taught to identify and then compensate for the spe- cific way in which their unadulterated mental state affects their performance. In addition, therapists are encouraged to humanize the com- petitive experience for clients, and relieve them of the disappointment they often feel toward themselves for not being better able to call up the "right" thoughts and feelings on demand.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To list three features distinguishing this model from conventional sport and performance psychology approaches.
  2. To describe three ways to alleviate pressure that an athlete or performing artist puts on him or herself.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*