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At our FEPSAC Congress, sport psychology and the field of sports psychology are in the spotlight!

Pre-Congress: Mindfulness, Hypnosis for our experienced colleagues! For our junior experts we have our educational program in sport and performance psychology !

Pre-Congress

PRE-CONGRESS-WEEK FOR JUNIOR EXPERTS IN SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

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PRE-CONGRESS-WEEK FOR JUNIOR EXPERTS IN SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

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HYPNOSIS IN ELITE SPORTS

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For our experienced colleagues, who are interested in deeper education we will have an intense pre-congress-programme covering hypnosis in sports and mindfulness in Olympic sports
For our junior experts and individuals without prior training in sport and performance psychology in their country, we provide a comprehensive educational program with focus on professional and elite sports.

1. Monday, 08.07.2024 – Saturday, 13.07.2024
Pre-Congress-week for junior sport psychologists in Innsbruck:

Educational program in sport and performance psychology with “In person training” from July 8th to July 13th, 2024, followed by a six-month practical phase until December 2024 with accompanying supervision and a digital online learning program.

Educational seminar week in sport psychology with excursions to soccer clubs (German and Austrian Bundesliga) and Olympic training centers.

2. Thursday, 11.07. – Sunday, 14.07.2024

Pre-Congress Workshop Mindfulness Part I and Part II for experienced sport psychologists nearby Innsbruck in the alps

3. Monday, 15.07.2024
Pre-Congress-Day in sporthypnosis in elite sports for experienced sport psychologists

DETAILED INFORMATION PRE-CONGRESS-WEEK FOR JUNIOR EXPERTS IN SPORT PSYCHOLOGY IN INNSBRUCK (08.07. – 13.07.2024)

July 8th to July 13th, 2024:
“In person training” in Innsbruck
Educational seminar week in sport psychology with excursions to soccer clubs (German and Austrian Bundesliga) and Olympic training centers
July - December 2024:
Six-month practical phase until December 2023 with accompanying supervision and a digital Online learning program in sport psychology.
January 2025:
Participants' final report and presentation.
       
        Certificate issuance

Detailed information: Monday, 08.07. – Saturday, 13.07.2024 Pre-Congress-week for junior sport psychologists in Innsbruck: Educational seminar week in sport psychology with excursions to soccer clubs (German and Austrian Bundesliga) and Olympic training centers 

Location nearby the congress center in Innsbruck (overnight stay with full pension (single room)) - The fee for the pre-congress week includes registration materials, five lunches, five dinners, 6x breakfast and accommodation (six nights from Monday 08.07.2024 - Sunday 13.07.2024). Seminar language: English

a) Registration from 01.01.2024 till 30.04.2024
+ 5.300 Euro (this includes the FEPSAC-Congress fee 2024 and the fee for Pre-Congress-week for junior sport psychologists).

b) Registration from 30.04.2024
+ 5.800 Euro

(this includes the FEPSAC-Congress fee 2024 and the fee for Pre-Congress-week for junior sport psychologists).

COURSE FEES AND SERVICES PROVIDED The course fees for the entire module series (all course units, including supervision units, training materials, and access to the digital learning platform till 31.12.2024)

WHAT DO THE COURSE FEES INCLUDE?
+ Fepsac2024 congress fee
+ Five lunches, five dinners, 6x breakfast and accommodation (six nights from Monday 08.07.2024 - Sunday 13.07.2024).
+ Preparation for and assistance during the entire training phase
+ Preparation and assistance for the practical phase
+ Continuous support during the practical phase
+ Verification of fulfillment of prerequisites as well as credit possibilities
+ Assistance with regard to the final examinations of the preparatory courses
+ Participation in the basic course "Training and Coaching in Sport Psychology in Competitive Sports"
+ Course material and refreshments during breaks
+ Access to the online content
+ Participation in the supervision sessions: as part of a multicentric approach to supervision, the training institute offers over 100 individual and group supervision appointments per year.
+ Assessment of the project work and case study documentations
+ Preparation for the final exam and verification of graduation requirements
+ Fees for the final examination
+ Issuance of the certificate

FURTHER BENEFITS
Optimal networking opportunities in the German-speaking region: you will benefit from the training institute's long-standing contacts with leading sport psychologists and important institutions in competitive sports. The expertise of experienced instructors ensures the practice-oriented acquisition of skills.

Top Instructors
Meet some of the most renowned sport psychologists

Top Curriculum
International state-of-the-art coaching concepts for elite and youth sports

Top Materials
Instructional materials, online materials, sample contracts, training manuals, etc. Everything future practitioners need

At the core of our training: "the practical phase”/ “the hands-on phase"

Normal advanced training courses end once the classroom modules have been completed. With us, this is where the course really begins: under regular supervision and guidance from the training institute, participants are given the opportunity to put the knowledge they have acquired in the courses into practice in actual work with athletes, coaches, and teams. We place particular emphasis on the individual support of our participants.

Educational seminar week in sport psychology will focus on “Sport Psychology Training and Coaching in Competitive Sports" and is intended for colleagues who have no or little experience in sport psychology consulting and coaching in competitive sports.

INSTRUCTORS' PROFILE
Instructors are recognized members of the Association for Sport Psychology in Germany (asp), the Sport Psychology department of the German Federal Institute for Sport Science (BISp), the Austrian Federal Network for Sport Psychology (ÖBS), the Swiss Association for Sport Psychology, and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). All speakers have several years of practical work experience to draw on.

CURRICULUM

The curriculum " Sport Psychology Training and Coaching" deals with the systematic optimization of psychological skills of individual athletes, trainers, and training groups. The participants receive field-specific competencies for the conception, implementation, and evaluation of training programs in sport psychology. The training of psychological skills (e.g. concentration, imagination) becomes a planned and systematic process, which is comparable to the approach for optimizing sport-specific skills such as technique, strength, or endurance. Training in sport psychology is thus about training with and for the mind, with the aim to strengthen the psychological stability of trainers and athletes in training and competition situations. In addition, basic competencies are taught to strengthen, among other things, mental and physical health as well as the quality of life of clients and to improve competitive stability in high-performance situations. These competencies expand the scope of sport psychology skills training to include aspects of psychosocial counseling. Accordingly, basic knowledge of one-on-one coaching is necessary, as well as, above all, a differentiation from disorders requiring therapeutic treatment. Specific modules within the course underline this aspect (e.g. clinical psychology/sport psychiatry).

Module 1: "Introduction to the module series Training in Sport Psychology in Competitive Sports"
Basic conditions and principles of successful consulting and coaching activities in the field of sport psychology.

Module 2: "Work Processes in Sport Psychology"
Clarification of assignments, conceptualization, planning, documentation, and evaluation of support assignments in sport psychology will be addressed. 

Module 3: "Supervision and Casework in Sport Psychology"
The module prepares participants for practical work under supervision.

Module 4: "Diagnostics in Sport Psychology in Competitive Sports"
Overview of diagnostic and evaluation procedures in sport psychology; interpreting as well as communicating results, use of structured interview guidelines, training, and competition observation.

Module 5: "Leading Workshops – Basics of Chairing and Group Dynamics"
This module teaches basic skills for leading workshops with small groups: Moderation skills, didactic guidelines, group dynamics in workshops, knowledge transfer to the participants' everyday training and competition.

Module 6: "Intrinsic Motivation and Willpower"
Based on typical intrinsic motivation and willpower problems in elite sports, participants will receive an overview of different variants of diagnostics of intrinsic motivation and willpower as well as suggestions for concrete types of exercises.

Module 7: "Imagery Training"
Imagery training involves teaching participants how to introduce coaches and athletes to imagery training and how to combine individual imagery training exercises into a systematic training program.

Module 8: "Concentration Training"
This module examines the topic of concentration and attention from the perspective of diagnostics and intervention. This includes, among other things, the development of (pre-performance) routines and the targeted influencing of internal (e.g. self-regulation) and external (external regulation) processes.

Module 9: "Emotion Regulation and Stress Management"
The area of stress management conveys elementary basics for understanding the complexity and dynamics of stress development in competitive sports. Many practical examples and personal experiences are used to illustrate different intervention methods in training and competition.

Module 10: "Self-Confidence & Dealing with Nervousness and Anxiety"
Self-confidence and mental toughness in competitions, theoretical basics, dealing with nervousness and pressure to perform, anxiety, training forms in sports psychology to increase competence and expectations of self-efficacy, techniques for regulating nervousness, pressure to perform, and competitive anxiety. The psychological characteristics of major sporting events and squad qualifications will also be explained.

Module 11: "Coaching in Sport Psychology on the Field"
This module focuses on the transfer of interventions in sport psychology into training and competition practice. It concludes with a presentation of the special features, requirements, and tasks a sport psychologist is faced with at major sporting events (World and European Championships; Olympic Games).

Module 12: "Injury and Crisis Intervention"
This module provides professional support from sport psychology for athletes in typical sport-specific crisis situations (e.g. injury, end of career). The focus is on injury management. In addition, emergency psychological intervention approaches in traumatic events (such as death of a teammate, witnessing serious sports accidents, dealing with terrorist attacks/danger in the run-up to competitions) in sports teams and the possibilities and limits of sports psychologists will be presented.

Module 13: "Advising Coaches - Coach the Coach".
The focus is on the special features of working with coaches from a sports psychology background. On the one hand, it is about topics that enable the coach to deal even better with the athlete (e.g. communication and feedback). And on the other hand, topics that support the coach in remaining productive in the long term (e.g. improving work-life balance through targeted regeneration and time off; dealing constructively with failure).

Module 14: "Coaching of Parents in Competitive Youth Sports"
This module focuses on coaching parents whose children compete in competitive sports. Long-term support concepts for competitive athletic families round up this module.

Module 15: "Team Counseling and Team Development"
Team counseling and team development are the focus: theoretical framework concepts for team building, specifics of the role of the sports psychologist in team sports, intervention measures to promote key team development phases.

Module 16: "Clinical Psychology and Sports Psychiatry"
This module teaches basic competencies in clinical psychology for the recognition and differential diagnostic differentiation of mental illnesses. Intervention concepts for special topics in sports psychology (such as eating disorders, Female Athlete Triad, drugs and doping in competitive sports, addiction problems and betting fraud, dealing with sexual assault and gender-based violence, anxiety and panic disorders, depressive disorders, burnout among coaches, etc.) will also be covered.

Module 17: "Final Evaluation of the Module Series"
Preparation of the final report, assessment of the current situation, final discussion, and awarding of the certificate.

Practical Phase
In addition to the preparatory courses and the module series "Training and Coaching in Sport Psychology", practical experience in high-performance sport must be presented as part of the curriculum. The practical phase starts right after the preparatory courses and ends one month before the submission deadline of the practical report. Practical experience in high-performance sports refers to work in sport psychology in sports leagues or ranking-managed sports with documented tournament and competition performance. In the practical phase, all participants study central knowledge contents of the preparatory courses and the module series "Training and Coaching in Sport Psychology".

Supervision / Intervision
Proportionally to the above-mentioned practical experiences, supervised practical hours under the guidance of qualified and experienced experts for support in sports psychology in elite sports must be presented. The supervision concept is implemented by certified asp supervisors and includes a multicentric supervision approach. The multicentric supervision approach is the main quality assurance measure during the entire training and is offered in conjunction with the training in sport psychology.

Module 17: "Final Evaluation of the Module Series"
Preparation of the final report, assessment of the current situation, final discussion, and awarding of the certificate.

ADMISSION CRITERIA
Psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, sports teachers, and sports scientists: this module series is based on the criteria of the asp training advisory board in accordance with the respective German-speaking professional associations. Psychologists, psychotherapists, sports teachers, and sports scientists are predominantly included in the module series. Students who are about to complete their studies and are expected to graduate during the module series may also be admitted in exceptional cases. 

Coaches, physiotherapists, life and social consultants, sports physicians, etc.:
Individuals who have acquired a special qualification in the field of competitive sports or who are active in competitive sports on an international level (trainers, physiotherapists, life and social consultants, sports physicians, etc.) and who want to expand their knowledge of sports psychology as well as their personal mental action competence can also apply and be considered in exceptional cases. Since we have had very positive experiences with these participants in the course so far, we can only encourage them to apply! Please be aware that participants from this group of people will not be entitled to be included in the respective lists of experts in sports psychology, as they do not have the necessary primary professional training (e.g. diploma/master's degree in psychology or university degree in sports science/teaching sports).
For more information, please contact our course office.

 

REGISTRATION
Only participants who plan to complete the entire training will be accepted into the module series. In order to receive the final certificate, in addition to participation in the module units, seminar assignments and group work, a presentation and a practice-related case and observation report must be submitted. Each participant will be offered the possibility of supervision. The certificate of attendance will be handed over after the last day of training, while the final certificate will be awarded only after submission of the final report and the assessment of the final examination. Training spots will be reserved based on the qualification profiles of the applicants and on the order in which applications are registered. After admission to the module series, participants will be sent the relevant documents.

COURSE ORGANIZATION, contact, organizer and contractual partner:
The module series "Sports Psychology and Mental Coaching in Competitive Sports" is carried out by the organization "Center of Mental Excellence". The Center of Mental Excellence has its focus on best-practice models, methods, and strategies for optimizing stress and action competencies in extreme situations. Our team is made up of a diverse group of national and international experts, and we have been organizing courses and coaching sessions for a wide range of disciplines (competitive sports, music, medicine, business, and daily life

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PRE-CONGRESS-WEEK FOR JUNIOR EXPERTS IN SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

DETAILED INFORMATION MINDFULNESS PART I AND PARTII IN THE ALPS NEAR INNSBRUCK (11.07. – 14.07.2024)

Thursday, 11.07. start: 09 am – Sunday, 14.07.2024 5pm

What is it that all Olympic Athletes most desire from Sport Psychology?

Part I – Mindfulness and ACT at the Olympic Games – only 12 attendees allowed!

Part I with Dr. Peter Haberl

The objectives of this interactive workshop are to experientially engage the participants with the importance, effectiveness and inherent obstacles of using mindfulness and ACT principles as a guiding paradigm for optimal mental preparation in the lead up and during the Olympic & Paralympic Games. The workshop will address common myths in the minds of athletes (and sport psychologists) on what mindstates are necessary for optimal performance at the Olympic & Paralympic Games and how to address those myths with mindfulness and ACT. The methods used will include mindfulness practices, experiential activities viewed through the lens of ACT, case examples from the Olympic Games, as well as storytelling and metaphor. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on their own cases. At the end of part I of the workshop, participants will have a clear understanding of how to integrate mindfulness in their own practice. Education handouts, core worksheets and mindfulness scripts will be provided.

Part II with Dr. Peter Haberl

The objective of the second part of the workshop is to introduce and educate the participants in the application of social meditation with Olympic & Elite athletes. The target audience are sport psychology practitioners who have a background in mindfulness and ACT approaches, and an interest in innovative mindfulness practices. Having attended "Mindfulness and ACT at the Olympic Games part I" will be beneficial. Traditionally, meditation is practiced in silence, often alone, or by following a guided script. Social meditation, as opposed to traditional silent meditation, are a family of meditation practices that are done socially, and aloud (as developed by Kenneth Folk and Vince Horn, see Gleig 2019). Social meditation amplifies our ability to stay on task during meditation. Participants will learn, through instruction, practice and discussion, the why, how, what, and when of social meditation and how the instructor uses these techniqes with Olympic athletes in the lead up and at the Olympic Games. These social noting techniques lend themselves to team sport athletes but work equally well with individual sport athletes. This workshop will be very participatory. Attendees will get to experince, practice and debrief a variety of social meditation practices, with a focus on concentration, awareness, equanimity, and gratitude and learn how these techniques can be applied with Olympic & elite athletes and discuss how these techniques might be applicable in their own work. Attendees will also get practice in leading these techniques in the second half of the workshop.

Outdoor location Outdoor location nearby Innsbruck (overnight stay with full pension (single room)) - The workshop includes registration materials, four lunches, four dinners, 5x breakfast and accommodation (five nights from Wednesday 10.07.2023 - Monday 15.07.2023).
Seminar language: English
Costs overnight stay with full pension (single room):

a) Registration from 01.01.2024 till 30.04.2024

+ 2.500 Euro (this includes the FEPSAC-Congress fee 2024 and the fee for the Pre-Congress Workshop Mindfulness Part I and Part II).

b)Registration from 30.04.2024
+ 2.800 Euro (this includes the FEPSAC-Congress fee 2024 and the fee for the Pre-Congress Workshop Mindfulness Part I and Part II).

First come first served.

Agenda:

+ Emotions and the Olympic athlete
+ Thoughts and the Olympic athlete
+ Attention and the Olympic athlete
+ How to work with key processes of mindfulness and acceptance in elite sport
+ ACT Hexaflex Model
+ ACT Triflex Model
+ Mindfulness techniques for pre-performance routines
+ Helping athletes regain motivation and find meaning in their endeavours
+ Helping athletes, teams and coaches to clarify and to become aware of what is valuable and important for them
+ Confidence and the Olympic athlete
+ Doubt and the Olympic athlete
+ Navigate performance at the Olympic Games and teaching athletes to not get caught up in worrying about entering an optimal performance state in competitions
+ Helping sport psychologists stay fully present with their clients

Location:
Austria – Tyrol - local area Innsbruck
The workshop includes FEPSAC Congress Fee 2024, registration materials, four lunches, four dinners, 5x breakfast and accommodation (five nights from Wednesday 10.07.2023 - Monday 15.07.2023).

Speaker:

Dr. Peter Haberl – Senior Sport Psychologist, Ed.D. CMPC Peter works in private practice with elite athletes as a sport psychologist and a mental performance consultant. He has enjoyed the privilege of having worked at nine Olympic Games, four Pan American Games, and one Paralympic Games with U.S. athletes. He was employed by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee from 1998 to 2023. He continues to work with U.S. National Teams and athletes as they prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. Prior to moving to the U.S., Peter played professional ice hockey in Austria, where he was born and received his bachelor’s degree in sports science from the University of Vienna, Austria. He later earned his master's degree in counseling and his Ed. D. in counseling psychology at Boston University. A licensed psychologist, Peter focuses on mindfulness and ACT-based interventions. He is the recipient of the 2011 AASP Distinguished Professional Practice Award.

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MINDFULNESS PART I AND PART II

DETAILED INFORMATION PRE-CONGRESS DAY WORKSHOP IN HYPNOSIS IN ELITE SPORTS
(MONDAY, 15.07.2024, 09 AM – 4 PM)

Location:

Austria – Tyrol - local area Innsbruck – nearby the congress center
The workshop includes registration materials and lunch
Date: Monday, 15.07.2024 start: 09 am – 4 pm
Registration starts Monday, 06.11.2023 - (…only limited space available! First come first served!)

Sport hypnosis, is a technique that combines elements of hypnosis and sports psychology to enhance athletic performance. It involves using hypnotic suggestions and techniques to help athletes overcome mental barriers, improve focus, increase confidence, and achieve peak performance in their chosen sport.

During a sport hypnosis session, a trained expert guides the athlete into a relaxed state and uses verbal suggestions to access the subconscious mind. This state of deep relaxation allows the athlete to be more receptive to positive suggestions and imagery that can help them overcome obstacles and perform at their best.

Sport hypnosis can be used to address various performance-related issues, such as:
1. Building confidence: Hypnosis can help athletes develop a strong belief in their abilities, overcome self-doubt, and build confidence in their skills.
2. Mental focus and concentration: Hypnosis can improve concentration and help athletes maintain focus, blocking out distractions during training or competition.
3. Motivation and goal setting: Hypnosis can assist athletes in setting clear goals, maintaining motivation, and staying committed to their training regimen.
4. Performance anxiety: Many athletes experience anxiety or nervousness before or during competitions. Hypnosis can help reduce performance anxiety and promote a calm and centered state of mind.
5. Visualization and mental rehearsal: Hypnosis can be used to enhance mental rehearsal and visualization techniques, allowing athletes to mentally practice their sport, improve technique, and visualize successful performance outcomes.

During this pre-congress workshop effective and practice-oriented concepts and methods (techniques) from Ericksonian hypnosis will be presented, demonstrated, and practiced, which have proven to be particularly useful for optimal support of individuals in (sporting) performance contexts. These include "Fundamentals of Ericksonian hypnosis in theory and practice," "Communication tools for focusing optimal performance trances," "Utilizing Ericksonian hypnosis methods for systematic promotion of flow processes," and "Hypnosis in dealing with competition anxiety, 'failure,' missteps, and injuries."

Ericksonian concepts are particularly helpful in explicit performance contexts because they facilitate an optimal integration of conscious-rational and involuntary-intuitive processes. This allows cognitive-rational abilities (tactics, planning, competition and training design, etc.) to be effectively combined with the motivational, intuitive, preconscious, and subconscious processes necessary for sports-related requirements.

This expands the effectiveness of coaching and mental training for existing motor skills, motivational preparations for competitions, and the precise activation of mental and emotional resources.

Detailed description of the content (selection based on participants' needs):
• Fundamentals of Ericksonian hypnosis in theory and practice
• A practical understanding of trance, consciousness, the involuntary, body knowledge, etc.
• The systematic differentiation between rational-voluntary and involuntary-intuitive processes
• Hypnosis-specific communication tools for focusing optimal performance trances
• Hypnosis-specific methods for systematically promoting flow processes
• Anchoring for precise activation of required performance resources
• Hypnosis-specific approach to dealing with competition anxiety, "failure," missteps, and injuries
• Goal-oriented "time games" – how pro- and regressive time structures (building goal and vision design, systematic utilization of past career successes) can be achieved
• Promotion of determination, dedication, and other motivational prerequisites for competition and training
• Dealing with increasing performance pressure (tournaments, career development, etc.)

Teaching Methodology:
The workshop will be designed with a lively and illustrative mixture of theory/concept presentations, demonstrations, exercises based on case studies, and group members' exchange of experiences.

Registration 
The workshop includes registration materials and one lunch on Monday, 14th July 2024 

FEPSAC-Congress fee is not included.

a) Registration from 01.01.2024 till 30.04.2024
+ 280 Euro
b) Registration from 30.04.2024
+ 310 Euro

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HYPNOSIS IN ELITE SPORTS