Interested in becoming a Certified Mental Performance Coach, or research in the Mental Performance or sport and exercise psychology field of study? Below you will find links to interesting websites and professional organizations.
What is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant?
From the Association for Applied Sport Psychology website: "Certification as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) demonstrates to clients, employers, colleagues, and the public at large that a certified individual has met the highest standards of professional practice, including completing a combination of educational and work requirements, successfully passing a certification exam, agreeing to adhere to ethical principles and standards, and committing to ongoing professional development. These individuals have obtained objective validation of their expertise in helping clients develop and use mental, life, and self-regulatory skills to optimize performance, enjoyment, performance, and/or personal development in sport or other domains (e.g., performing arts, military). CMPCs are individuals with a master’s or doctoral degree in sport science, psychology or a closely related field who have met specific course requirements and have completed an extensive, mentored applied experience. The disciplines included within the sport psychology field applicable to those holding the CMPC designation include: clinical psychology, educational psychology and clinical mental health counseling, social work, industrial-organizational psychology, and sport psychology from a sport science basis. A CMPC may work with a wide variety of participants in sport and performance."
It is important to note that a CMPC does not engage in mental health service delivery unless they also possess the relevant training and state licensure as a mental health professional to do so.
Looking for mental skills training services?
- Finding a Certified Sport Performance Consultant www.appliedsportpsych.org/Consultants/Find-a-Consultant
Will the Ithaca College Graduate program in Exercise and Sport Sciences prepare me for certification as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant?
Yes, it will. We have added two courses, a course to meet the Diversity requirement and an Evidence Based Decision Making course, to our curriculum to prepare our students more fully for CMPC upon graduation. If you have any questions, contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org or our graduate program chair.
Want to learn more about Sport and Exercise Psychology as a discipline or field of study?
- Association for Applied Sport Psychology www.appliedsportpsych.org/
- North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity www.naspspa.org/
- American Psychological Association www.apa.org/
- American Psychological Association, Division 47 (Sport Psychology) www.apa.org/about/division/div47.aspx
- American Psychological Association, Division 38 (Health Psychology) http://www.apa.org/about/division/div38.aspx