Seeing, Being, and Doing: Addressing Multicultural Competency in Applied Sport Psychology (pp. 221-232)
Authors: Leeja Carter and Tanya Prewitt
Abstract: A central objective of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) is to prepare students in exercise and sport psychology graduate programs for future, professional work with athletes and exercisers. Central to this objective is coursework and training experiences in professional ethics, applied sport psychology (e.g., theory and practice), and multiculturalism, which results in certification as an AASP Certified Consultant (CC-AASP). While AASP certification typically addresses consultants working with diverse athlete populations (Butryn, 2002) it is important that AASP re-examine the training and qualifications of sport psychology consultants (SPCs). Developing a training model that integrates more explicit training in athletes’ individual differences while positioning such training as central to developing core competencies in applied sport psychology requires a top down approach; whereby AASP evaluates how diversity and multicultural competence is addressed at the organizational, professional, and student-in-training levels. The purpose of this article to provide a critical analysis of the current state of diversity and multicultural competence in applied sport psychology, suggestions for beginning to address AASP’s lack of diversity, and proposals for moving forward as a professional field.