Chair: Pier-Eric Chamberland
The Sport and Exercise Psychology Section has been in existence for many years! It originated in the 1980s and dissolved nine years later in 1991. It was reformed in 2005 as an interest group and officially a full section in 2006 with almost 400 members at that time. Since then, this Section has re-introduced conference presentations at the CPA annual Convention specifically in the area of sport and exercise psychology, and developed practice and training guidelines for the psychologists wanting to practice sport psychology. The section is still in its (re)development stages but with the strong presence of student membership along with the varied expertise of senior psychologists, the interest to develop the psychology portion of sport psychology is widespread.
It aims to provide a forum for communication and information dissemination to psychologists, psychology students, and affiliates working with athletes, exercisers, coaches, parents, sport and exercise organizations, and other / or other sport and exercise science professionals in clinical / counselling, rehabilitation, research, and / or teaching / education roles. Specific goals of the section are to promote applied and theoretical research, encourage multi-disciplinary perspectives in research and practice, advance knowledge transmission and evidence-based practice, to facilitate working with other professional organizations to develop specific educational training guidelines for sport and exercise psychology, and to facilitate linkages with other sport and exercise organizations across Canada and the world. Lastly, in addition to strengthening the training of sport and exercise psychologists in Canada, it aims to expand the teaching and research contributions of sports psychologists, and increasing the presence of sports psychology within the CPA’s annual convention program.