The EASY Initiative
FEPSAC highly values the education and continuous professional development of sport psychologists. This is affirmed by the theme of the FEPSAC conference in Paris (18th and 19th of May 2013): ‘development of expertise and excellence in applied sport psychology’ (more information can be found here).
In the recent past attempts have been made to identify educational pathways that prepare people for applied sport psychology practice (Morris, Alfermann, Lintunen & Hall, 2003; Wylleman, Harwood, Elbe, Reints & de Caluwé, 2009). These studies provide a good basis, but also conclude that a clear and complete overview of the available programs in Europe is currently absent.
FEPSAC therefore starts a new initiative with a fourfold objective:
1. Realize a complete overview of all educational pathways that lead to applied sport psychology practice in Europe.
2. Get in touch with the key persons (persons responsible for the education in applied sport psychology in Europe).
3. Facilitate interaction between these key persons by establishing a network of Educators in Applied Sport psychologY (working title: the EASY-network).
4. Ultimately contribute to the quality of education in applied sport psychology in Europe.
Vana Hutter (member managing council) and Jesse van der Zande (student assistant) are working on this initiative and would like to ask for your help. The first step in this project is to identify the persons involved in the education of applied sport psychologists in each country in Europe. You can help by answering four brief questions about education in applied sport psychology for your country. The questions can be found here. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
On behalf of FEPSAC,
Vana Hutter (general member managing council FEPSAC) and Jesse van der Zande (student-assistant, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, VU university Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Any suggestions or questions can be send to: firstname.lastname@example.org