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VIRTUAL APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY SUMMIT 2023

Your online summit to learn more about the profession you love: Learn from some of the leading international experts in applied sport psychology together with other sport psychology professionals from all around the globe.

Association Sport Psychology Summit
Applied Sport Psychology

Learning about the most recent research results is necessary…

When striving to offer reliable and valid sport psychological services to athletes, teams, and coaches, we continuously need to read research articles, educate ourselves and attend professional conferences and congresses.

…but where do we find the time and funds to access knowledge.

The time to research and finally read articles is limited. We plan to make time for reading articles and books, but somehow, other duties interfere with such plans. Moreover, striving to attend national or even international conferences comes with significant investments for registrations, travel, accommodation, and food. Not speaking of the time, we are traveling for such conferences, leading to us not being able to earn money or spending time with our families.

WE DON’T NEED TO TRAVEL ANYWHERE TO LEARN!

Learning from the research and experiences from other sport psychology professionals can even happen from where you are right now. No matter if it’s being at home, in your office or even traveling with athletes to international competitions. Online we can learn together, yet at our own pace.

VASPS 2023

The #1 online summit for

sport psychology professionals

October 5-6, 2023

VASPS2023 is combining evidence-based insights with personal experiences from working in applied sport psychology. All with the goal in mind to foster a collaborative environment for knowledge sharing to better help our clients in sports. 

Professional development

In 2023, we are focusing on two topics: One is as always, the professional development of ourselves as sport psychology professionals. Engaging in different forms of self-reflective practice, learning about professional philosophies, or dealing with questions around individual norms, values, or roles when we are working in the applied field.

Improving resilience

The other major topic at VASPS2023 is resilience and how to help athletes, coaches and teams benefit from it – especially in situation when it really counts. …and because next year the Olympic Games take place at Paris 2024, we are convinced there will be at least ONE event more knowledge around resilience can be beneficial for.

Performance Psychology

SCHEDULE

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9.00-9.15am – Welcome and introduction – Dr. Christian Zepp

9.15-10.15am – Functional Mental Toughness (fMT) – Practical Strategy for Sport & Life! – Dr. Bradford Cooper

10.30-11.30am – Panel Discussion on Women and Professional Philosophy in Sport Psychology – Dr. Renee Appaneal, Dr. Bernadette Ramaker & Dr. Jodine Williams

11.45-12.45pm – Reflections on the Provision of University-Sponsored Sport Science Support to Elite Women’s Sports Teams – Prof. Richard Keegan

 1.00-2.00pm – Virtual Coffee Break 

 3.00-4.00pm – The Application of Pressure Training in High-Performance Sport – Dr. Jolan Kegelaers 

 4.15-5.15pm – Enhancing Sport Performance Through Breathing Techniques – Dr. Dr. Sylvain Laborde

 6.00-6.15pm – Summary – Dr. Christian Zepp

 6.30-7.45pm – Group Supervision – Dr. Christian Zepp

7.45-8.30pm – Rooftop Bar Social Meetup

9.00-9.15am – Welcome and introduction – Dr. Christian Zepp

9.15-10.15am – Group Supervision – Dr. Christian Zepp

10.30-11.30am – Demystifying Philosophy-of-Practice in Applied Sport Psychology – Prof. Richard Keegan

11.45-12.45pm – Seeing is Believing: Theoretical Underpinnings and Practical Solutions to Make Mental Imagery Training More Effective – Prof. Adam Nicholls

 

 1.00-2.00pm – Virtual Coffee Break 

 

On-Demand – Pressure Training in Applied Settings: Design and Delivery of Interventions – Dr Billy Low 

 3.00-4.00pm – Good practice in Applied Sport Psychology: Building a Comprehensive Toolbox Together – Dr. Christian Zepp 

 4.15-5.15pm – Working with LGBTQI athletes and teams – David “Dirk” Smith

5.30-6.30pm – Yes, And! – Utilizing Improv Principles with Teams, Individuals, and in Life – Dr. Jason von Stietz

 6.30-6.45pm – Summary – Dr. Christian Zepp

6.45-7.30pm – Rooftop Bar Social Meetup

VASPS2023 is...

FOR SPORT PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSIONALS FROM SPORT PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSIONALS

Professional, personal and private​ In 2019, the Virtual Applied Sport Psychology Summit (VASPS) was created to help sport psychology professionals gain access to the knowledge and experiences from other professionals from around the globe. All with the goal in mind, to improve the services we all deliver to athletes, teams, and coaches. In addition, we also focus on building positive and meaningful relationships with other sport psychology professionals in a private and distraction-free space.

SAVING YOU TIME – AND MONEY

No need to travel – saving you more than time​ VASPS2023 is all online and is accessible from anywhere with no need for travel. Join the on-demand lectures and live workshops and supervisions from wherever you are in the world. Save money for other important investments, and gain access to invaluable knowledge, insights, and experiences at a more than affordable rate.

COMING WITH YOUR ALL-ACCESS PASS

Your all-access pass Includes all on-demand and live sessions, plus summaries, a comprehensive e-book and a three-month membership to VSP+ When registering for VASPS2023 you are receiving access to all live and on-demand talks, presentations, interviews, keynotes and workshops with globally renowned speakers about different topics relevant in applied sport psychology. You’ll be able to download (audio and video) all pre-recorded and live presentations, interviews, videos, discussions, workshops etc. Plus, you are receiving summaries of all presentationsto read offline and even share with your colleagues. Discuss and interact with other sport psychology professionals from all around the world during live video calls.

More than 15 VSP+ Monthly Workshop Series recordings (1000+ hours of content), including the following titles:

 

  • Self-Talk Strategies that Sport Psychology Professionals can use with Clients and in their Own Lives w/ Josh Burger
  • Don’t Over Think! Improv Exercises as a Means of Teaching Psychological Skills w/ Dr. Jason von Stietz 
  • Roles, Attitudes and Competencies: Self-Reflection for Sport Psych Professionals w/ Dr. Christian Zepp
  • Creating an Empowering Soccer Environment, A Case Study w/ Dr. Stefania Paiz
  • Unpacking Motivational Climate as a Complex Adaptive System w/ David “Dirk” Smith 
  • Applied Sport Psychological Work in the Field of Abuse of the “Athlete” Referee w/ Theresa Hoffmann
  • Insight to Cultural Sport Psychology: Adjusting Your Applied Practice w/ Caren Diehl
  • An Existential Approach to Mental Performance Coaching w/ Dr. Brian Lomax
  • Reading Between the Lines? Forensic Psychology Insights into Human Behavior w/ Viviana Ramos Acunã
  • Sport Psychology Research and Practice in China w/ Danyang Li and Zipeng Zhang
  • Coaches on The Front Line of Sport Psychology: Effectively Integrating The Coaching Staff into the Psychology Pipeline w/ Julia Eyre
  • Cognitive and Mental Training Techniques w/ Dr. Stefania Paiz
  • Unleashing the Power of Decision Making Through the Eyes of Athletes w/ Lee Waters
  • LGBTQI Athletes and Mental Health w/ David “Dirk” Smith
  • Sport Psych Mapping w/ Luka Dragicevic
  • What We Learned from COVID-19 in Sports So Far w/ Dr. Christian Zepp

At the moment a total of 17 VSP+ Monthly Workshop Series recordings (1000+ hours of content), including the following titles:

 

  • Non-Violent Communication in Sports w/ Dr. Christian Zepp 
  • Self-Talk Strategies that Sport Psychology Professionals can use with Clients and in their Own Lives w/ Josh Burger
  • Don’t Over Think! Improv Exercises as a Means of Teaching Psychological Skills w/ Dr. Jason von Stietz 
  • Roles, Attitudes and Competencies: Self-Reflection for Sport Psych Professionals w/ Dr. Christian Zepp
  • Creating an Empowering Soccer Environment, A Case Study w/ Dr. Stefania Paiz
  • Unpacking Motivational Climate as a Complex Adaptive System w/ David “Dirk” Smith 
  • Applied Sport Psychological Work in the Field of Abuse of the “Athlete” Referee w/ Theresa Hoffmann
  • Insight to Cultural Sport Psychology: Adjusting Your Applied Practice w/ Caren Diehl
  • An Existential Approach to Mental Performance Coaching w/ Dr. Brian Lomax
  • Reading Between the Lines? Forensic Psychology Insights into Human Behavior w/ Viviana Ramos Acunã
  • Sport Psychology Research and Practice in China w/ Danyang Li and Zipeng Zhang
  • Coaches on The Front Line of Sport Psychology: Effectively Integrating The Coaching Staff into the Psychology Pipeline w/ Julia Eyre
  • Cognitive and Mental Training Techniques w/ Dr. Stefania Paiz
  • Unleashing the Power of Decision Making Through the Eyes of Athletes w/ Lee Waters
  • LGBTQI Athletes and Mental Health w/ David “Dirk” Smith
  • Sport Psych Mapping w/ Luka Dragicevic
  • What We Learned from COVID-19 in Sports So Far w/ Dr. Christian Zepp
    • Early Access to all on-demand content on VSP+, including previous VSP+ Monthly Workshop Series videos.
    • Discounted Registration for future events.
    • Live and Ongoing discussions during and after each workshop/presentation.
    • Networking Opportunities with VASPS2023 presenters and easy ability to ask questions/ join discussions during and after VASPS2023
    • Additional Events offered during and after VASPS2023, including Virtual Coffee Break to socialize and connect with other sport psychology professionals from around the globe.
    • Learn more about our safe and private VSP+ community 
VSP Plus

Speakers Line-up

Brad is an accomplished professional who is CEO of Catalyst Coaching 360, a leading employee health & wellness coaching provider, holds two US Patents and is host of the Catalyst 360 podcast. He holds 4 college degrees, is the author of five books and has spoken professionally in all 50 states plus multiple times in Europe. As an elite masters athlete, he has completed 11 Ironman competitions, including four times in Kona. He also won the Race Across America 2-person cycling event.

Dr. Cooper

Brad

Richard is a psychologist - registered in the UK (HCPC) and Australia (AHPRA) – and Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Canberra (UC). Research informs his psychological practice with athletes from beginners to world champions in a range of sports, and, of course, permeates into his university teaching. In his spare time he enjoys playing squash (badly!), bushwalking, strength-training, and spending time with his young family and dogs.

Prof. Keegan

Richard

Jolan Kegelaers is a postdoctoral researcher and assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He completed his PhD on the development of psychological resilience in sport. His main research interests are situated around the promotion of mental health in sport and other performance domains and the application of pressure training. He is also working as the performance psychologist for the Flemish Judo federation.

Dr. Kegelaers

Jolan

Sylvain is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychology of the German Sport University Cologne. He finally received his habilitation at the German Sport University (2021) , where he developed the Vagal Tank Theory. His research focuses on heart rate variability as a psychophysiological indicator of self-regulation, stress management, and cognitive performance and its application in sports.

Dr. Dr. Laborde

Sylvain

Melissa is a dedicated provisionally registered Psychologist and Lecturer, coordinating and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate subjects, in the field of psychology and mental health. Additionally, her contribution towards strong research outcomes encompasses supporting research projects in the fields of health, wellness and behaviour change.

Dr. Moore

Melissa

Adam is a professor of psychology within the School of Sport, Health, and Rehabilitation Science, at the University of Hull, UK. The focus of his research relates to the psycho-social factors that predict doping among adolescent athletes, along with coping and emotions among athletes. Outside of work, Adam trains and successfully competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Prof. Nicholls

Adam

Bernadette is accredited as SPORTPSYCHOLOOG VSPN® and Specialist in Applied Sport Psychology (SASP-FEPSAC). Bernadette is currently working as a full-time embedded performance coach for Rogue, a professional esports organization. is President of the Managing Council of the European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology (ENYSSP) as Applied Department Coordinator and is actively involved in the Equal Esports Council.

Dr. Ramaker

Bernadette

David “Dirk” Smith is pursuing his PhD in sport/exercise science and psychology at the German Sports University in Cologne with a research focus on visuomotor calibration. David is the managing editor and director of education for Compete Sports Diversity where he is teaching diversity, equity, and inclusion training programs for college and professional level sports clubs.

Smith

David "Dirk"

Jason earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California Professional School of Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles with a specialized focus in health psychology. He completed clinical training at Los Angeles Valley College Student Psychological Services and at Santa Anita Family Service. In addition, he also completed specialized sport psychology training at the Major League Baseball Youth Academy in Compton.

Dr. von Stietz

Jason

The work Jodine does as a practitioner is the result of an injury endured when she ran track and field. Sports and exercise psychology allows her to offer her services within numerous sports performance settings. This includes the current work she does at Versus Arthritis, where she manages face to face projects for people with long term health conditions. In addition, she manages her own practice where she works with sprinters, long-distance runners, and footballers.

Dr. Williams

Jodine

Christian is a sport psychology professional who also worked as the national team coach for Standing Volleyball in Cambodia. Today, he is working as lecturer at the Institute of Psychology at the German Sport University. Christian works with clients in elite sports as well as companies, orchestras, or special forces. As a lifelong learner he is currently studying again, pursuing at least a Master’s degree in Coaching, Mediation, Supervision and Organizational Development.

Dr. Zepp

Christian

Join us and other sport psychology professionals at VASPS2023

Eager to improve your knowledge about applied sport psychology. Striving to take your services with your clients to the next level. Not willing or being able to travel to expensive international conferences. If that sounds like you, then VASPS2023 is the right place for you this fall.

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VASPS was an enriching experience. The new topics and also the anecdotes presented related to sports psychology left much learning. I think virtual congresses like this allow us to connect regardless of where we are and share our experiences from all around the world.
Stefania Paiz
Stefania Paiz
Guatemala
VASPS is a great opportunity to learn from exceptional sport psychologists from all over the world and connect with them. Getting an insight into the practices from colleagues and the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with them, helps to inform ones own practice, especially for young ...
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Spiros Chrysidis
Berlin, Germany
As sport psychologist you should always strive to gain more knowledge and develop your skills. VASPS is a great way to do exactly that and learn from sport psych practitioners from all over the globe. I particularly appreciated the fact that a vast number of different subjects has been addressed ...
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Frank Muller
Luxemburg
VASPS is a great opportunity for every sport psychologist but especially for the young ones, just beginning their career. Not only to gain knowledge from practitioners all around the world, but also to build up an international network of colleagues. It is so reinforcing to attend to talks in an ...
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Tessa Hoffmann
Germany
VASPS offers effortless access to highly valuable knowledge in the field of sport psychology. This is unique and remarkable! I really appreciated Christian addressing sensitive topics and treating them with great care!!
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Veronika Mayerhofer
Austria
By organizing VASPS Christian Zepp provides extremely well organized summits and the exceptional opportunity to learn from the very best in the field. I highly appreciate that the speakers share their invaluable experience of applying various methods and techniques in their practice. These summit...
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Dr. Daniela Moehle BSc
Austria
VSP+ is about you, your questions, your needs, your interests to support you and your development as a sport psychology professional. Develop yourself and your services alongside other professionals from all around the globe, who will keep you focused on what is important: your athletes health and your own as well.
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Guatemala

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FAQ

No need to worry. VASPS was created because we are all busy and have a lot of things to do. Once the summit started, you can go online and attend the talks and presentations whenever you are ready – not when the talks start! All talks are recorded and will be available to you forever, so you can revisit the material as many times as you wish!

No need to worry. VASPS was created because we are all busy and have a lot of things to do. Once the summit started, you can go online and attend the talks and presentations whenever you are ready – not when the talks start! All talks are recorded and will be available to you forever, so you can revisit the material as many times as you wish!

VASPS2023 is ideally for people who are already working or who want to work in the field of sport psychology. No matter if you are experienced or just starting out; no matter if you’re working with local athletes or Olympians; no matter if you’re working in traditional sports or in esports: VASPS2023 has content and knowledge ready for you. VASPS2023 is for people who are working with athletes and coaches, and who are interested in becoming better at what they do and how they do it.

 

VASPS2023 is NOT for athletes who want to learn certain techniques or strategies about for example how to perform better, cope with stress or improve their self-talk.

You absolutely do NOT need to have a strong background in sport psychology. If you are simply interested – let’s say as a coach – in how sport psychology works, how it can help clients in different settings and what you can learn from other sport psychologists: please grab a seat.

At some point it might be helpful if you have heard about sport psychology before and the struggles athletes face. But if you’re open minded you simply want to broaden your horizon although you haven’t studied sports psychology you are more than welcome to join the talks and presentations.

Yes, you will receive a certificate. Moreover, I try to get proof from as many sport psychology organizations worldwide that they accept VASPS2023 certificates as part of their re-accreditation processes for their members. Thus, if you want your national organization to accept VASPS2023 certificates, just drop me a short email which national organization I should contact. As always, I’m here to serve you.

Great question with a simple answer. All you’ll need to participate in VASPS is an internet connection and a connected device. You can attend the summit anywhere in the world. In a hammock on the Bahamas, or on your couch in your pajamas, from wherever, no dramas 

No, you don’t need a certain software. I try to keep it as simple as possible for you.

No, most definitely NOT! The videos and all the other expert material will be accessible for VASPS2023 participants only! We will promote the summit with small interview snippets – but the general content will only be exclusively accessible to the summit’s participants on VSP+ and Vimeo.

Yes, I offer assistance for sport psychology professionals (or those who strive to become one in the near future) from developing or emerging countries and for students. If you are a student or from an emerging country and want to participate in the summit, please contact me via email (christian@virtualsportpsych.com) or just use the chat on the right side of this website. My goal is to help all sport psychology professionals from around the world learn more about sport psychology and to improve the services they are providing. Thus, I’m more than happy to offer an assistance to those who are unable to pay the full registration fee.

Yes! The summit will be held online, but without robots involved. VASPS is organized by real people, and I am more than happy to answer all of your questions before, during, and after the summit. Just send an email to christian@virtualsportpsych.com or david@virtualsportpsych.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Again, you can send every question you might have to christian@virtualsportpsych.com or david@virtualsportpsych.com and we will take care of all of your questions!

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