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Tuesday, 26 October 2021 12:23

Tribute to Keith Henschen

Dr. Keith Henschen, the past ISSP President (2001-2005), one of the most notable trailblazers of our field and a true professional giant in numerous respects, passed away on October 22nd. It is so difficult to say good-bye to an impactful professor, a mentor, and a colleague, but even more, to one who was a dear friend. For certain, it is impossible to completely describe what Keith meant to the field of applied sport psychology and to so many people around the world.  

It is common knowledge among sport psychology practitioners that one of the most reliable measures of a consultant’s success is getting invited back by a team or organization to continue the services as new challenges arise. Keith was invited back 36 times by the Utah Jazz, more than 30 times by the USA Track and Field National Governing Body; the Brigham Young University Athletic Department; and more than 40 times by the University of Utah Athletic Department. Could these invitations be all-time records in American (or possibly the world’s) history of applied sport psychology service provision? Additionally, he also served USA Women's Gymnastics, the US Aerials Ski Team, the US Speed Skating Team and the US Men's Alpine Ski Team; and attended two summer and three winter Olympic Games during which he supported those teams that he had worked with. Uniformly, those he worked with, his clients and his collaborators use words such as “highest personal qualities, character, professionalism, ethics, service excellence, and long-lasting impact” when describing Keith Henschen.

For those who did not have the honor of knowing him, Dr. Keith Henschen was a professor of psychosocial aspects of sports in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah for 39 years (1971-2010). His academic body of work, primarily in the areas of performance psychology, psychological skills and mental training, and sport psychology for special populations consists of over 200 articles, 40 book chapters, and 13 edited books and monographs. Keith was an often sought out speaker, resulting in over 500 presentations delivered around the world. His service to the field was far reaching, for example, serving as President (1997-98) of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) and as President (2001-2005) of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP). His devotion to his graduate students was relentless, mentoring 53 doctoral and 23 master’s level professionals who today continue contributing to the field of applied sport and performance psychology in North America and internationally. Keith was widely recognized as one of the most accomplished leaders in the field in both scholarship and practice. He was an ISSP Fellow and the recipient of the ISSP Distinguished International Sport Psychologist Award in 2017, recipient of the AASP Distinguished Professional Practice Award in 2013 and was the AASP Coleman Griffith Lecturer in 2014. One clear example of his innovative contribution to the field (especially, when situated historically) dealt with expanding sport psychology services from purely performance enhancement focused to more holistic personal development (e.g., life skills, well-being, personal growth) – a concept now thought of as a “gold standard” of effective practice, but an innovative and cutting-edge idea in previous decades of practice.

In emails, text messages and social media posts from those who had an opportunity to meet, learn from, or work with Keith, overwhelming sadness and loss are clear themes, but so too are gratitude and admiration for him and his contributions of the decades to our field and those within it.  A sampling of some of these include messages of sadness, reflections on the loss to international sport psychology that his passing represents, gratitude for the contributions he made on the national and international stage, recollections of his charisma, iconic personality, and genuine kindness, and appreciation for his long-standing mission to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and applied practice. Many have shared stories about the joy they experienced interacting with Keith and his wife, Julie throughout the years, and all have reflected on the leadership, compassion, generosity and both personal and professional stature of this “wonderful gentleman”.

Our thoughts and hearts are with Keith’s Family: his wife Julie Henschen and their children, Shane and Eschelle, as well as their grandchildren. So too we recognize the loss for all the students he mentored over the years, the friends and colleagues privileged to have known him, and to the profession of sport psychology who has lost a true giant and pioneer.

We acknowledge our privilege and true honor in being able to provide this memorium for Keith, as we know numerous individuals would graciously take this opportunity to pay a tribute as well. As much as we made every effort to represent all those whose professional and personal lives were touched by him, we know we have fallen short of this aspiration. We hope that a moment of silence in which you reflect on all Dr. Keith Henschen meant to you will be filled with your own personal heartfelt good-byes.

Artur Poczwardowski, Traci Statler, and Rich Gordin

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Tuesday, 12 October 2021 19:16

President’s Message Autumn, 2021

Dear Members of the International Society of Sport Psychology. I first wish to welcome you to a new four-year cycle of the ISSP. We have just completed our World Congress, with tremendous support and capacity provided by the Local Organizing Committee, located in Taipei. I wish to thank Dr. Yu-Kai Chang, his colleagues from the Taiwanese Society of Sport Psychology, his students, and all supporters, both financial and time committed to a successful endeavour. The 2021 ISSP Congress included seven well-received keynotes, with speakers representing four continents. Furthering the international scope of the Congress were award recipients, who were also invited speakers, representing further international breadth. There are few things more important to this society than having a world-wide membership of diverse voices, thoughts, and ways of knowing and doing.

Within the Congress program, it was announced the next World Congress will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2025. The next local organizing committee has already begun its work in partnership with the newly appointed ISSP Managing Council. In advance of the Congress, Dr. Richard Ryan has already agreed to speak about the intersection of positive living and its foundational tenets in Greek ancestral knowledge.

The previous Managing Council needs to be recognized for its hard work, and the momentous changes the society has undergone in the areas of our world-wide ISSP Registry, multiple world think-tanks, series of ambassadorial projects into Africa and South America, the launch of the ISSP Fellows designation, and finally, the mercurial rise of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, as several examples of our commitment to the membership.

Departing members Past President Gangyan Si, Thomas Schack, Artur Poczwardowski, Hiroshi Sekiya, Athan Amasiatu, Jolly Roy, Lauren Loberg, and Daniel Gucciardi, are owed a debt of gratitude for their continued support over the previous term. These contributing members to the Managing Council have helped reposition the ISSP into a society that is seeking to be more inclusive and engaged with its membership. They have now passed that baton to a new Managing Council, with established members and new lifeblood.

I will continue to serve as your President four more years, as YoungHo Kim (S. Korea) and Tatiana Ryba (Finland) will also continue in the Executive Committee along with Chris Harwood (Great Britain), who will continue to oversee our ISSP Registry, Yu-Kai Chang (Taiwan), our new Treasurer, and Franco Noce (Brazil), our new Secretary General. Among the Members at Large, please welcome Alberto Cei (Italy), Kazutoshi Kudo (Japan), Nikos Comoutos (Greece), Richard Keegan (Australia), Zhijian Huang (China), Alessandro Quartiroli (United States), Kristoffer Henriksen (Denmark), Rebecca Wong (Malaysia), and Tshepang Tshube (Botswana).

Within the coming four-years we commit to growing the International Journal of Sport and exercise Psychology into the stature it should be. Already this year, submissions have increased exponentially, year over year, to the point where submissions have necessitated a bi-monthly release and increase in pagination within each release. The ISSP-R is also taking root and promises to become a globally recognized stamp of competence for practitioners, worldwide. As it now stands, there are ISSP-R recipients from eighteen countries, with more soon to be conferred in its inaugural year.

There are too many opportunities to list in a single presidential message. However, what I do hope to convey is our organizational structure will continue to open to you, our membership. We are looking actively for people to step into our committees and help with Emerging Countries Projects, the ISSP-R, the Cultural Committee, and more, found at our societal website (see https://www.issponline.org/index.php/issp/organizational-structure ). Also found at the website, open to members, is our YouTube Channel, where all the keynotes and content from this past week’s world congress is available to watch and consider.

In short, this new Managing Council pledges to carry forward the execution of its duties, and to further your return on investment as a member of the International Society of Sport Psychology. Please further your engagement and encourage your colleagues, as there is a place for all professionals and aspiring sport psychology enthusiasts in the ISSP.

See here the Presidential Address By Robert Schinke during the XV World Congress in Taiwan

Robert Schinke
President of the International Society of Sport Psychology

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The International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) is an organization devoted to promoting research, practice, and development in the discipline of sport psychology throughout the world. The ISSP is a multidisciplinary association of scholars whose research interests focus on some aspects of sport psychology.

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