Think-Tank 20192020

Guidelines for Applying to Host ISSP Think Tank Activities

The International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) encourages institutions and organisations to host the ISSP Think Tank (TT) activities in the themes of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

The proposal should be prepared according to the guidelines (see below) and submitted to the current ISSP President.

I. Purpose of ISSP Think Tank Activity

ISSP TT activity is a group event organized to study a particular topic (such as Mental Health, Cultural Competence, and Olympic On-Site Service) and provide information, ideas, and advice in order to facilitate and fulfill the mission of the ISSP.

Think-Tank 2019:

The ISSP Think Tank is a non-political and non-profit entity that consists of a mix of academia and practice, serves an overall purpose that is bigger than the interest of any one individual member, and often results in recommendations, a white paper, or a consensus statement, which may advise or put pressure on politicians, businesses or decision-makers.

October 17-18 2019 The ISSP and The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee co-hosted the second ISSP multi-society Think Tank on Athlete Mental Health in an Olympic Perspective" in Colorado Springs.

Participants were invited to represent the major sport psychology associations of the world, applied and research perspectives, psychological and psychiatric competence, and cultural width. See the list of participants below.

From an ISSP perspective, the Think Tank has several purposes: (1) to take initiatives that benefit our members; (2) to take an active role in uniting sport psychology societies; and (3) to put key themes on the sport psychology world agenda world wide.

The focus of the TT was on Mental Health in an Olympic Games perspective. Discussion were divided into three key periods: before, during and after Olympic Games. For each of these periods, we discussed:

  • ·What are key challenges?
  • ·How do we best organize a system (communication and coordination between stakeholders) to prevent and treat Mental Health issues?
  • ·How do we organze sporting environments that nourish mental health?

The two day intensive program included small-group discussions and whole group presentations and discussions. . 

The TT will have two tangible outcomes in the form of (1) A report written for policy makes and sports politicians/managers (headed by Sean McCann) and (2) an academic paper.

Moving forward
We plan to have a third Mente Health workshop in 2020, hosted by Brazil (Franco Noce). The main topic will be coaches’ mental health.

Participant list

  • ·William Parham, Professor and representative of the NBPA
  • ·Karin Moesch, sport psychologist and representative of FEPSAC
  • ·Sean McCann, USOPC 
  • ·Karen Cogan, USOPC
  • ·Amber Donaldsen, USOPC
  • ·Kristoffer Henriksen, Associate professor and sport psychologist (ISSP)
  • ·Carsten Hvid Larsen, Associate professor and sport psychologist
  • ·Artur Poczwadowski (ISSP, representing PARALYMPIC Sport)
  • ·Franco Noce (ISSP and host of next year’s Think Tank in Brazil). 
  • ·Jason Hunziker (Psychiatrist)
  • ·Natalie Durand-Bush, MPC an co-founder of the Canadian Mental Health center for sport (AASP)

ISSP Chairperson
Kristoffer Henriksen



About ISSP

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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