Once is a fluke.
Twice is a coincidence.
Three times is a Trend.

After two insightful summits in 2019 and 2020, VASPS has built its foundation in the landscape of further education for applied sport psychology professionals. In 2021, VASPS will continue to include new approaches for sharing knowledge and experiences, improve the ability to learn from and interact with each other and invite even more well known and highly regarded sport psychology professionals. Everything VASPS offers is directed towards helping you to learn from other successful sport psychology professionals and ultimately deliver the highest quality of work to your athletes, teams and coaches.

4 Days | 17+ Speakers | 24+ SESSIONS | 18+ hours of content
September 21St – 24TH 2021



Schedule and content

Day 1 // September 21St 2021
WORKING AS a sport psychologY Professional

    • Session 1: Dr Christian Zepp – LIVE INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION (9am CEST)
      • Welcome and Introduction of Day 1
    • Session 2: Shameema Yousuf – On-demand
      • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. Towards Multicultural Practice.
    • Session 3: Dan Abrahams & Dr Christian Zepp – On-demand
      • Working in Applied Sport Psychology – and Making a Living With It
    • Session 4: Raymond Barrett – On-demand
      • Tele Mental Health Best Practices in Applied Sport Psychology
    • Session 5: Elena Madalina Margarit – On-demand
      • Performance Profiling: Beyond Needs Analysis and Triangulation
    • Session 6: Elena Madalina Margarit – LIVE INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP (2pm CEST)
      • Living the narrative of applied sport psychology. Observation in practice
    • Session 7: Dr Christian Zepp – LIVE INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION (6pm CEST)
      • Discussing Important Aspects of Working in Applied Sport Psychology

Day 2 // September 22ND 2021

    • Session 1: Dr Svenja Wachsmuth & Dr Christian Zepp – LIVE INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION (9am CEST)
      • Reflection of Day 1 and Introduction of Day 2
      • Conflict in the Coach-Athlete-Relationship and how to work with it
    • Session 2: Prof Ashley Stirling & Dr Emma Kavanagh – On-demand
      • Safeguarding and the Role of the Sport Psychology Consultants
    • Session 3: Dr Anastasiya Khomutova & Dr Christian Zepp – On-demand
      • Win at What Costs? Balancing Athletes’ Well-Being and Elite Performance in Applied Sport Psychology
    • Session 4: Dr Jeannine Ohlert & Dr Christian Zepp – On-demand
      • Performance With Respect – Developing Interventions Against Interpersonal Violence
    • Session 5: Dr Christian Zepp – LIVE INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION (6pm CEST)
      • Maltreatment in Sport and the Role of Sport Psychology Professionals

Day 3 // September 23rD 2021

    • Session 1: Dr Christian Zepp – LIVE INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION (9am CEST)
      • Reflection of Day 2 and Introduction of Day 3
    • Session 2: Prof Mustafa Sarkar – On-demand
      • Developing Team Resilience in Elite Sport: Research to Practice
    • Session 3: Prof Matt Slater – On-demand
      • Using the Social Identity Approach to Promote Togetherness in Sport Teams
    • Session 4: Dr Christian Zepp – On-demand
      • Team Diagnostics in Applied Sport Psychology
    • Session 5: Dr Marjolein Torenbeek – LIVE INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP (4pm CEST)

      • Building Trust in Sport Teams
    • Session 6: Dr Christian Zepp – LIVE INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION (6pm CEST)
      • Discussing Personal Experiences From Working With Teams

Day 4 // September 24th 2021

    • Session 1: Dr Christian Zepp – LIVE INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION (9am CEST)
      • Reflection of Day 3 and Introduction of Day 4
    • Session 2: Prof Kristoffer Henriksen – On-demand
      • Sport Psychology at the Games. Using ACT to Help Athletes Shine in the Shadow of the Pandemic.
    • Session 3: Jack Hudson-Williams – On-demand
      • Using the ACT Matrix to Enhance Sport Performance
    • Session 4: Grzegorz Wieclaw – On-demand
      • Integrating Sport Psychology Education Into a Formal Curriculum at an Elite Sports High-School
    • Session 5: Silke Mayer, Luis Hißmann & Dr Christian Zepp – LIVE INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION (2pm CEST)
      • Developing a Sport Psychology Program for Coaches at Dirk Nowitzki’s 41Campus
    • Session 6: Ian Gulbransen & Dr Christian Zepp – LIVE INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION (6pm CEST)
      • Development and Implementation of App-Based Mental Training for Athletes


    • 3 month access to the all new and safe VSP+ community
    • Summaries for all presentations, talks and interviews
    • Complementary eBook summarizing the overall content of VASPS2021
    • Access to all videos for at least one year after the live summit

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Invaluable knowledge – and experiences
All of the invited speakers are renowned in their profession for delivering high quality work to some of the best athletes from around the world. In addition to invited speakers other sport psychology professionals also share their best practices, methods and experiences with us so that we all can learn from each other.
You will learn about problems and challenges sport psychologists face, how they improve their practice, methodological approaches they apply, how they work in youth and team sports and what they do to reduce the stigma around mental health.


Learn and attend on your schedule

Save time – and money
No traveling fees, no accommodation costs, no expensive restaurants, no waiting time at the airport. Looking for a cheap flight or, decent accommodation, traveling alone, waiting in lounges, standing in overbooked trains, or buying new clothes in a foreign city because the airline lost your luggage… We’ve all been there!
Just sit back on the couch in your pajamas, cook your lunch or enjoy all the presentations, talks, and interviews as .mp3s while running or driving to your next appointment. Once you’re done listening, join the community and discuss the content and methods shared, or have others learn from your experiences.


LEARN and interact green

Less travel – less carbon dioxide
We love our planet and because our environmentally friendly communication method does not need any travel or printing batches, certificates, outlines etc. we don’t increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the environment. Moreover, VASPS is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, meaning that we donate at least 1% of all earnings to non-profit organizations that work for our wonderful planet.



VASPS2021 IS committed to helping people and the environment


The Speaker’s Line up

Dan Abrahams

Dan is a sport psychologist working alongside individuals, teams, coaches and organisations globally. He is known for his passion to de-mystify sport psychology and for creating simple to use performance techniques. He has held senior positions in several sports including Lead Psychologist for England Golf and for England Rugby, and is the author of four best-selling sport psychology books. Dan is also the founder of both the Dan Abrahams Soccer Academy and The Sport Psych Show podcast. A former professional golfer and PGA qualified, Dan has a First Class Honours degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Sport Psychology. He is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Raymond Barrett

Ray, CEO, LMHC, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor and an expert telemental health consultant/founder of the Telehealth Certification Institute (TCI). A master trainer, Ray has released over 50 high-quality courses for thousands of clinicians and healthcare providers and trained 1,919+ organizations in telehealth. In a profession known for regulatory pressures, Ray emphasizes ethical telehealth delivery across the board. He continues to see a limited number of private practice clients and rigorously reviews telehealth developments to ensure his courses are up to date and meet industry-best standards. Ray is committed to cultivating a compassionate, person-centered organization that supports clinicians, patients, and the greater healthcare community.

Prof Kristoffer Henriksen

Kristoffer is a professor at the Institute of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark and head of the research unit LET’S – Learning and Talent in Sport. His research mainly looks at social relations and their influence on athlete development and performance with an emphasis on successful sporting environments. Since 2008 his employment has included a specialized function as a sport psychology practitioner in Team Denmark. In this function he has worked to develop high performance cultures in national teams and mentally strong athletes and coaches. He has worked in several sports, but mainly in orienteering and Olympic sailing. He has supported athletes and teams during several World Championships and during the London, Rio and Tokyo Olympic Games.

Jack Hudson-Williams

Jack is originally from the U.K. but emigrated to Perth, Australia, where he completed his Undergraduate degree and Honours in Psychology at The  University of Western Australia. I then completed my Master of Psychology (Sport and Exercise) at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Currently, he is working as a Performance Psychologist at The Mind Room, a health, well-being, and performance psychology practice in Melbourne, Australia. Jack works for example with clients from professional soccer, athletics, and tactical response unit personnel. Currently he is the Performance Psychologist for Cricket Tasmania’s male senior team and Equine Pathways Australia.

Ian Gulbransen

Ian is the Co-Founder of Restoic, a platform focused on empowering athletes and coaches with the tools to increase confidence, decrease anxiety, and optimize mental wellness by leveraging app-based technology. Beginning his career with Nike, Ian went on to spend over a decade in Silicon Valley startups helping to establish the permanent trend of wearable technology and digital health apps. Today he is actively working to lead the evolution of mental skills training for athletes – providing pathways toward optimal athletic performance and to becoming the best version of yourself.

Dr Emma Kavanagh

Emma is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Psychology and Coaching Sciences at Bournemouth University. Emma’s research has focused on understanding abuse in face-to-face and virtual sporting environments, articulating the duty of care and enhancing safeguarding in sporting spaces. She has published research articles in the area of abuse in sport, managing abuse in sport and understanding inequalities related to race, gender and sexualities. She is currently part of a number of international research networks which have a clear vision to enhance the climate and environment in which high-performance athletes function. In her applied work she has prepared athletes and teams for, and attended major sporting events such as Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games.

Dr Anastasiya Khomutova

Anastasiya was born in Ukraine (Donetsk), she got her masters and PhD degrees in the Czech Republic (Palacky University in Olomouc), and currently, she works as a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton in the UK. Her research focuses on culturally diverse sport teams, as well as, more recently, on coach-athlete relationships in combat sports (with particular focus on safeguarding aspects). Anastasiya sits on England Boxing Safeguarding Review Panel, and she is currently a member of the managing council of FEPSAC (European Federation of Sport Psychology).


Elena-Madalina Margarit

Elena-Madalina is a Performance & Sport Psychology Consultant currently based in Romania, working with tennis coaches, players and parents across all levels of performance, as well as student-athletes. She completed both her MSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Bangor University, Wales) and BASES Supervised Experience (Worcester University) in the UK, being accredited as sport and exercise scientist between 2016-2021. Elena has been involved with various sports from grassroots to elite level. She regularly takes part in national and international conferences delivering applied practice workshops or presentations.  Since 2019 she is European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology (ENYSSP) country representative for Romania. Moreover, she is actively involved in facilitating continuous professional development nationally by running two peer review groups, one for seasoned practitioners and another one for students.

Silke Mayer

Silke is a former national team basketball player from Germany. She worked for the National Basketball Association (NBA) and currently serves as chief executive for the 41Campus and the Dirk Nowitzki foundation. Based on her extensive experiences in professional sports she is coaching and consulting individuals and teams in various contexts. Together with others she developed the GameChangers education at the 41Campus, improving the coaches education in basketball, using various sport psychological approaches.

Dr Jeannine Ohlert

Jeannine is a Research Assistant at the Institute of Psychology at the German Sport University Cologne. She works as a sport psychologist with athletes, but also in the area of further education with coaches and sport psychologists. Jeannine’s research evolves around sexual and interpersonal violence in sport, personality development, and group processes. Due to her extensive knowledge about maltreatment in sport she is developing and conducting several intervention programs for athletes, coaches, sport psychology professionals, clubs and federations on a national and international level.

Prof Mustafa Sarkar

Mustafa is an Associate Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. His research focuses on individual, team, and organisational resilience in elite sport and other high performance domains (e.g., business). As well as publishing research in this area, Mustafa works closely with various teams and organisations to develop resilience, including the Premier League and the United States and Netherlands Olympic Committees.

Prof Matthew J. Slater

Matt is an Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire University, U.K., and a British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist. Matt’s expertise focuses on the psychology of group dynamics and leadership. For over 10 years, Matt has drawn on the social identity approach to both understand and promote teamwork and leadership excellence. Matt has published 40+ peer-reviewed research papers, various book chapters, and a book titled ‘Togetherness: How to build a winning team’, in 2019. As a practitioner, Matt has applied his expertise on group dynamics and leadership in sport, exercise settings, the military, and across public and private sector organisations.

Prof Ashley Stirling

Ashley is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream and the Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto. She is known internationally for her research on athlete maltreatment and safeguarding in sport. Her scholarship was recognized in 2009 by the European College of Sport Science with its Young Investigator Award, and by the Canadian Heritage Sport Participation Research Initiative Award. Applying her research to practice, she has developed and evaluated national coach education initiatives for the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity.

Dr Marjolein Torenbeek

Marjolein is a Dutch sport psychologist. She has developed a special interest in group dynamics and team development in sports. In the past years she has coached numerous teams in businesses and in a variety of sports and levels. She has written two books for sports coaches; one about self-regulation and one about developing adaptive team expertise. Her third book about team building in sports will be published at the end of this summer.

Dr Svenja Wachsmuth

Svenja is currently a junior research group leader in Sport Psychology and Coaching at the Institute of Sports Science of the University of Tuebingen, Germany. Her research focuses on psychosocial processes within talent development and coaching in sport. She previously graduated from the European Master’s Program in Sport and Exercise Psychology and subsequently completely her PhD at Loughborough University investigating experiences of interpersonal conflict within sport relationships. Within that realm, Svenja developed a particular interest in potentially destructive interpersonal interactions which may contribute to the manifestation of dysfunctional sport performance environments. Besides her academic work, Svenja has gained a range of experiences in the work with coaches, athletes, and support staff. Currently, Svenja works as a sport psychology consultant within a national Paralympic team and is regularly involved within coach education and development programs.

Grzegorz Wieclaw

Grzegorz graduated from the EMSEP program at University of Jyväskylä and since 2013, he has worked full-time as one of the few applied sport psychologists in Poland. Currently, he serves clients including the Polish national wheelchair rugby team, football and handball academies as well as a range of individual athletes representing different sports. In search of finding best avenues to turn theory into practice, he also lectures at various universities, publishes and translates sport psychology related material. He has been involved with European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology (ENYSSP) since 2011 and served one term as an applied department representative (2015 – 2019). Today, Grzegorz is the current president of ENYSSP.

Shameema Yousuf

Shameema has a diverse transnational background as a sport and performance psychologist, and clinical mental health counsellor. She operates a practice in UK and Zimbabwe with former engagement with Zimbabwean Olympic Committee, professional football club Brighton Hove Albion FC and several programs in performance wellbeing. Her work extends to advocacy, and diversity and inclusion transnationally, and has published work in this space. Shameema was a contributing author to International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) ethics code. She has featured on world media channels, and was recognised on the Muslim Women’s in Sport Powerlist (2020) for her esteemed contribution to sport. As a leader, Shameema serves on several international organisation committees and is a supervisor for early career practitioners.

Dr Christian Zepp

Christian studied sport sciences at the German Sport University Cologne. After working as the national team coach for Standing Volleyball in Cambodia and working with Formula 1 as well as Rallye race car drivers he came back to the German Sport University Cologne to earn his doctoral degree in the field of sport psychology. Today he is working as a senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychology at the German Sport University and coaches and counsels national and international athletes, teams, coaches and federations as a sport psychology professional.


Your All-Access Pass includes all on-demand and live sessions PLUS summaries, a comprehensive ebook from the Virtual Applied Sport Psychology Summit 2021 and a three month membership to VSP+:

  • Access to all talks, presentations, interviews, keynotes and workshops with globally renowned speakers about different topics relevant in applied sport psychology 
  • Download (audio and video) of all pre-recorded and live presentations, interviews, videos, discussions, workshops etc.
  • Summaries of all presentations to read offline or to share with your friends and colleagues
  • Comprehensive ebook summarizing knowledge, tools, advice and strategies shared during each session
  • Conference-On-Demand – watch and listen to all talks, presentation and interviews wherever you are and whenever you want
  • Live Workshops on most of the summits’ days to directly learn from and interact with other sport psychology professionals
  • Discussing and interacting with other sport psychology professionals from all around the world during live Zoom calls at least twice a day
  • Three month membership for VSP+ with additional live workshops, discussions and meet-ups even after VASPS2021
  • At least one year access to all on-demand videos, including recordings of all live sessions
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  • Your seat at the four day online event
  • Conference-On-Demand PLUS a total of 12 LIVE discussions, talks and workshops via Zoom
  • Access to all videos, audios and complementary material for at least one year
  • Certificate of attendance
  • 30-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Bonus: Three month membership for VSP+ to network and interact with other sport psychology professionals from around the world
  • Bonus: Summaries for all presentations and talks
  • Bonus: Complementary eBook
  • Bonus: At least one year access to all videos and additional materials


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Frequently asked questions

Do I have to sit in front of my computer all day long for the summit?

No! Once the summit starts, you can go online and attend the talks and presentations whenever you are ready – not when the talks start! You will also be able to download all the expert material to have life time access. So you can revisit the material as many times as you like!

What if I can't make it to the talks and presentations?

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!

What type of people is VASPS2021 best for?

VASPS2021 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: VASPS2021 has content and knowledge ready for you. VASPS2021 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.

VASPS2021 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.

Do I need to have a background in sport psychology?

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.

Will I receive a certificate once VASP2021 is over?

Yes, you will receive a certificate. Moreover, I try to get proof from as many sport psychology organizations worldwide that they accept VASPS2021 certificates as part of their re-accreditation processes for their members. Thus, if you want your national organization to accept VASPS2021 certificates, just drop me a short email which national organization I should contact. As always, I’m here to serve you.

What will I need to participate in VASPS?

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 😉

Do I need a specific software to attend the summit?

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

Will the videos of the summit also be available elsewhere on the internet?

No, most definitely NOT! The videos and all the other expert material will be accessible for VASPS2021 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 Vimeo.

Do you have special discounts available?

Yes, I offer discounts 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 (mail@christianzepp.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 a discount to those who are unable to pay the full registration fee.

Will there be someone I can contact during the summit if I have any questions or trouble?

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 and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I have a question about something not covered here or I need some help, who can I ask?

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