Division Reports

Division 47 Practice Committee report

The committee will consider what it means to be proficient in the practice of sport psychology and work on specific competencies for calling oneself a sport psychologist

By Michelle Joshua, PhD

Given the new faces on this committee this year and no shortage of ideas from Division 47 leadership and other committee chairs, we are in the midst of prioritizing our areas of focus for the upcoming year.

One of our major efforts will be forwarding the work of the previous committee - fleshing out what it means to be proficient in the practice of sport psychology to move towards developing specific competencies for calling oneself a sport psychologist. In addition, we will help to clarify APA’s position on telepsychology as it may relate to the work and training of our members. Given the speed at which technology offers a host of exciting new ways to interact with and benefit our clients, we need to make sure we are up to date in our understanding about issues related to technological competence, confidentiality, and practicing within one’s jurisdiction, to name a few. Furthermore, the committee has also been charged with making suggestions for improving the utility of Division 47’s website by updating website content and resources of particular interest to members.

And of course, the committee is open to your ideas - what are the most important issues to you in your practice? If you have any interest in becoming more involved or sharing your comments, please don’t hesitate to email me.