VASPS is an online conference that is concerned with sharing knowledge in the field of applied sport psychology and helping sport psychologists improve their work.


Schedule and content

Day 1: Being a sport psychologist

    • Session 1: Dr Richard Keegan (UK/Australia)
      • Being a Sport and Exercise Psychologist – Insights into Best (and Worst) Practice
    • Session 2: Dr David Tod (UK)
      • Professional Development as Sport Psychologists
    • Session 3: Peter Schneider (USA/Germany)
      • The Role of Sport Psychologists in Professional Sports Clubs
    • Session 4: Dr Richard Keegan (UK/Australia) & Snezana Stoljarova (Estonia)
      • Ethics, Behaviors and Roles – What Does It Mean to Be a Sport Psychologist?
    • Session 5: Dr Christian Zepp (Germany) 
      • Being a Sport Psychologist – what does it mean to you, what are your thoughts and what did you learn today.

Day 2: working as a sport psychologist

  • Session 1: Mitch Greene (USA)
    • Managing the Mind Chatter: Teaching Athletes How to Minimize Doubts and Negativity
  • Session 2: Grzegorz Wieclaw (Poland)
    • Working With Paralympic Athletes
  • Session 3: Georgia Ridler (Australia)
    • Working With Olympic Athletes
  • Session 4: Dr Chris Willis (USA/Austria)
    • Being the Best You Can Be – Coaching Performers in Other Domains
  • Session 5: Dr Christian Zepp (Germany) & Grzegorz Wieclaw (Poland)
    • Working as a sport psychologist is more than coaching athletes in sports. What are your experiences and challenges you face?

Day 3: mental health for athletes and coaches

    • Session 1: Dr Anthony Papathomas (UK)
      • Mental Illness and Mental Well-Being in Athletes
    • Session 2: Dr Sebastian Altfeld (Germany)
      • Depression and Burn-Out in Coaches
    • Session 3: Sunny Nwabueze (USA)
      • Mindfulness and How to Present it to Athletes
      • PLUS: Examples about Mindfulness in Practice
    • Session 4: Dr Christian Zepp (Germany) & Sunny Nwabueze (USA)
      • How can mindfulness be implemented in working with athletes? When and how do you realize that you need to refer an athlete or coach to a psychotherapist? We will discuss your experiences and will have time to answer your questions during some Q&A.

Day 4: working as a sport psychologist in esports

    • Session 1: Fabian Broich (Germany/Denmark)
      • Holistic Athlete Development in esports
    • Session 2: Ismael Pedraza (Colombia/Germany)
      • High Performance Environments in esports
    • Session 3: Katharina Haensch (Germany), Ismael Pedraza (Colombia/Germany) & Nina Zweifel (Switzerland)
      • Current Sport Psychology Topics in esports and How to Tackle Them
    • Session 4: Dr Christian Zepp (Germany) & Fabian Broich (Germany/Denmark), Katharina Hänsch (Germany) & Nina Zweifel (Switzerland)
      • Esports is becoming more and more popular for sport psychologist. We will reflect about the topics that have been discussed in the sessions before and you will get the opportunity to ask your questions during some Q&A.

PLUS: bonus PRESENTATIONS, interviews and materialS

    • Guided mindfulness meditation with Sunny Nwabueze (USA)
    • Visual thinking for sport psychologists with Yara Rietdijk (Netherlands)
    • Complementary eBook summarizing the overall content of VASPS2019

What will i get with an all-access pass?

  • Access to all 20+ talks about best practices in sport psychology with more than 15 globally renowned speakers
  • Download (audio and video) of all presentations, interviews, videos, discussions 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 the summit
  • Conference-On-Demand – watch the talks wherever you are and whenever you want
  • Networking with other practitioners from around the world in our private Facebook Group

why take part…

Knowledge, Knowledge, Knowledge!
You will read, hear, and see a lot that will be new to you in your field. You will take home new techniques, strategies, and tools to fill up your personal sport psychology toolbox.

Socializing made easy!
We know how important networking in our working field is. Which is why we want to give you the chance to connect with other applied sport psychologists and to make new contacts or even to catch up with old friends.
Use your chance to exchange as many experiences as possible and to grow your network!

Professional experts!
All of the speakers and interview guests are renowned in their profession for delivering high quality work to some of the best athletes around the world – in Olympic and Paralympic sports as well as in esports. Speakers and guests are joining in from the USA, the UK, Estonia, Germany, Colombia, Poland, Australia, and more!




Easy Access
All you need to participate in VASPS is an internet connection and a connected device. You can attend the summit anywhere in the world! No traveling fees, no accommodation costs, no expensive restaurants, no waiting time at the airport. You don’t have to deal with looking for a flight, accommodation, traveling alone, waiting in lounges or standing in overbooked trains.

We want our summit to be accessible for EVERYONE
No matter if you work full time, you gotta take care of your kids, or there’s any other reason you can’t take a few days off (or maybe you just don’t want to!), you will always have the chance to participate in our summit. Take part wherever and whenever YOU are ready, not when the talk starts! By the way … this will also save you time, money, and nerves.

We LOVE our planet and there is no plan(et) B
We believe that reduction of both emission and exposures are important to secure our homes and we don’t want to increase the amount of carbon in the environment to share knowledge.
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!

Virtual Applied Sport Psychology Summit 2019






The Speaker’s Line up

Dr Sebastian Altfeld

The German applied sport psychologist (MSc. Clinical Psychology) has focused his research on the exploration of the phenomena of burnout of high performance coaches. Because of his experience as a coach in the performance youth and senior basketball section, he is able to understand the various facets of sports and his clients’ concerns. Sebastian always aims to find solutions and ways of working that fit his clients’ individuality best.

Fabian Broich

After being a goalkeeper in soccer himself, the applied sport psychologist and esports expert realized the power and necessity of being mentally prepared for each training and competition. Today, Fabian doesn’t work in traditional sports, but in esports, which has always been a field of interest to him. After getting the chance to do an internship at FC Schalke 04’s FIFA and League of Legends esports teams, he started working with the athletes as their performance manager, introducing them to healthy sleeping habits, improving their nutritional behavior and doing regular workouts.

Dr Mitch Greene

The Adjunct Instructor in Temple University’s College of Public Health and author of several publications is a leading licensed clinical and sport psychologist, whose success over the past 15 plus years is his ability to tailor personalized solutions to his client’s problems. Mitch works primarily with athletes pursuing high performance goals, or coaches and athletic departments looking to educate their student-athletes on mental health and performance enhancement strategies. Mitch’s clinical expertise, his energy, and focus support his clients in striving to reach their personal goals.

Katharina Hänsch

Being a passionate mover herself, the Dipl. Sport scientist and sport psychological expert (ASP) is also passionate about movement in mind. This led Katharina to field of sport psychology. In 2018, she started working with professional eathlets playing FIFA. For Katharina, one main difficulty in esports is to be highly focused and concentrated in one moment and to stay relaxed in another. Therefore, regeneration is one of her main topics.

Dr Richard Keegan

The sport and exercise psychologist, registered in the UK (HCPC) and Australia (AHPRA) is also the associate professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Canberra, Australia. Richard has worked with athletes across a wide range of levels (beginners to world champions), and in a range of sports (athletics and snow-sports to para-sport motorsport and officiating) – as well as supervising and assessing trainee practitioners. His approach to education focuses on co-production and learning-by-doing, helping students to develop the key employability skills of critical, independent thinking, and reflective practice. His teaching spans face-to-face delivery, as well as online and flexible platforms, such as YouTube, Twitter, and cloud hosting.

Sunny Chinazom Nwabueze

The goal of the mental performance coach and performance psychology consultant (MSc Sport Psychology; Dreamcatchers Performance Limited) is to help performers unlock their potential and deliver consistent performance under pressure by understanding and protecting their mindset. Besides his research career on mindfulness practice, ability, and wellbeing, Sunny delivers mental performance assessments and performance execution strategies to individuals, corporates, and groups, utilizing applied techniques, as a certified Spotlight practitioner, to deliver performance mindset training and facilitate consistent performance. Sunny pioneered the development of techniques for mental performance flow-zone training and pre-performance routines and worked with sports clubs to implement transformational leadership programs.

Dr Anthony Papathomas

Anthony Papathomas, PhD., is Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology within Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. He is also Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters addressing mental health across a variety of sport and exercise contexts. Drawing on qualitative perspectives, Anthony’s research explores the disparity between medicalised understandings of mental illness in sport and athletes’ subjective experiences of it. His work has also challenged normative thinking on how sport psychologists should manage mental illness in an ethical way.

Ismael Pedraza

The PhD candidate at the German Sport University Cologne, Germany, focuses on the cognitive processes of esports players and the introduction of esports to the research field of sport psychology. Although having experience as a coach and expert in sports psychology for traditional sports (football, swimming, athletics), Ismael has taken his applied knowledge in sports psychology to esports. Starting his career with Mitsfits Gaming, he now works as the performance coach of Rogue. Ismael is the co-founder of a consultant agency (The Mental Craft) that offers performance services to esport teams and players.

Georgia Ridler

Over the past 15 years, Georgia Ridler has consulted to a range of Australian National Sports. She is a registered and endorsed Sport Psychologist who has worked with athletes, teams, coaches and high performance managers to create systems, dynamics and strategies that lead to enhanced performance. Georgia has played a significant role with Australian Cycling, Australian Women’s Water Polo and Swimming Australia over the last 3 Olympic cycles and knows what it takes to perform on the world stage. Her vibrant style and insight is drawn from a hybrid of experiences and knowledge in high-performance sport, psychology, team dynamics, adolescent development and organisational systems. She is a former gymnast and level 2 gymnastics coach.

Yara Rietdijk

Yara is a former lecturer in Sport Psychology, now working as visual thinker at Flatland Agency. With drawing and design thinking they help professionals and teams of companies to build a shared vision, design a sound strategy, move from complexity to clarity, create means to activity for change and thus help teams to accelerate. Quite some overlap with sport psychology!

Peter Schneider

Peter Schneider, originally from Detroit, MI (USA), completed his B.A. in Biology and Psychology at Kalamazoo College. After moving to Europe, he attained his M.Sc. in Sport Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä (FIN) and his M.Sc. in Sport Science: Diagnostics and Interventions at Leipzig University (GER).  He has over 5 years full-time professional experience working with academy and professional soccer players, beginning at FC Carl Zeiss Jena and currently working for the Bundesliga club FC Augsburg.  He is in the final stage of submitting his PhD at Leipzig University, which focuses on aspects and factors surrounding successful talent development environments.

Snezana Stoljarova

The applied sport psychologist and part-time university lecturer received her first MSc degree in Social Psychology from Tallinn University, and later specialized in sport psychology, achieving degree of the European Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Lund University, Sweden. Combining her own athletic experience in competitive sports with academic knowledge, Snezana consults and educates athletes, coaches and parents in sport psychology. Being interested in life skills development, she is also involved in a sport-based social program for youth at risk. Snezana is also current Secretary General of ENYSSP (European Network of Young Specialists in Sport Psychology).

Dr David Tod

David is a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University. His primary area of scholarly interest is professional development of sport and exercise psychologists. David has produced over 100 peer-reviewed publications and 6 textbooks. He has also engaged in applied practice for more than 20 years, working with professional and Olympics athletes and teams from various sports.

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 ENYSSP since 2011 and served one term as an applied department representative (2015 – 2019). Grzegorz recently became president of the ENYSSP.

Dr Chris Willis

Dr Chris Willis, born in Las Vegas, is the executive director and course director of the Center of Mental Excellence Ltd. and he is one of the leading performance coaches in Germany. Chris has completed his academic training in the US, Great Britain, and Germany and has been working with junior, national, and Olympic athletes for more than 20 years. He also works with high performing businessmen, musicians, and medical staff. Additionally, Chris has had a huge impact on the sport psychology sector in Germany and has been managing the sport psychological education for newcoming psychologists and mental trainers.

Dr Christian Zepp

Dr Christian Zepp 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 lecturer at the Institute of Psychology at the German Sport University and coaches and counsels national and international athletes, teams, coaches and federations as an expert in sport psychology.

Nina Zweifel

The young, aspiring psychologist has a great passion for both traditional and electronic sports. Nina is a Performance Consultant and Manager at mYinsanity, a well accomplished swiss esports organization and a pioneer in the blooming, semi-professional swiss esports scene. She provides support for up to 30 athletes, players, and teams across different esports games. Through personal contact, she helps building a healthy work-life balance, a sustained motivation and an understanding for the importance of wellbeing as a basic fundamental for success.


Get access to all content of the 4-day event.

As mentioned above, you will get access to all presentations, talks, discussions, interviews and all the materials that are available for download.

Register for VASPS2019


  • Your seat at the four day online event
  • Access to videos, audios and complementary material
  • Conference-On-Demand
  • Networking with other practitioners from around the world
  • Private Facebook group
  • 30-Day 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Bonus: Guided mindfulness meditation
  • Bonus: Visual thinking practices for sport psychologists
  • Bonus: Complementary eBook


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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 VASPS2019 best for?

VASPS2019 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: VASPS2019 has content and knowledge ready for you. VASPS2019 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.

VASPS2019 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 confirmation of my registration?

Yes. After you register online, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration. Please contact vasps2019@christianzepp.com if you do not receive confirmation.

Does VASPS charge transaction fees?

No! We believe you shouldn’t pay for anything else than the content you want! So we stick to our pricing with zero hidden fees.

However, depending on the country you live in it can be that additional VAT taxes are added during checkout, and we are not able to influence that.

Is there a guarantee/refund policy?

Most definitely. We believe in the work we do and we put all our effort into VASPS2019. We believe in the value you will receive by attending the summit. If your are not 100% satisfied with VASPS2019 simply send us an email (mail@christianzepp.com) within 30 days after purchasing the All-Access Pass and we will give you a 100% refund. We stand behind our work.

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.

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

Ab-so-lutely NOT! The videos and all the other expert material will be accessible for VASPS participants only! We will promote the summit will small interview snippets – but the general content will only be exclusively accessible to the summit’s participants.

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 who are more than happy to answer all of your questions before, during, and after the summit. Just send an email to vasps2019@christianzepp.com and we 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 Vanessa at vasps2019@christianzepp.com and she will take care of you!