Minutes of Fourth TF Sport and Exercise Psychology Meeting


TF Sport and Exercise Psychology

Fourth Meeting and General Assembly

May 23 2014 Vienna


Austrian Professional Association of Psychologists Head Office




1.    Opening, welcome and introduction

 Michel Nicolas (Convenor) opened the meeting and welcomed the participants. At the beginning of the 4th meeting of the Task Force Sport Psychology, Christopher Willis was thanked for its invitation and organisation. The agenda was presented with a powerpoint presentation and was opened to suggestions from all members and participants. Then, the new list of members was presented with currently 20 members and 15 active members from 17 countries. The present members introduce themselves during a roundtable.


The following members were present: Zrinka Greblo (new, Croatia); Thalia Panayi (new, Cyprus); Katerina Kudlackova (new, Czech Republic); Satu Kaski (Finland); Taru Lintunen (chairman of the Finnish sport psychology certification committee); Pedro Almeida (new; Portugal); Christopher Willis (Austria); and Michel Nicolas (France).


Agenda included the below two main points:

1.  The Document on the situation of sport psychology in Europe: Collection of information on education, training and professional practice in sport psychology in Europe.

2.  The location and date of our next meetings.


The presentation of each member was followed by a presentation of the TF Sport and Exercise Psychology to the new members who were invited to complete with a short CV the TF website.


The assembly accepted by vote the applications of two secretaries: Thalia Panayi and Tajana Lučić and a person in charge of the communication Evangelia Kontogianni.

In addition, the assembly decided by vote to change the name of the Task Force to Sport and Exercise Psychology in order to take into account not only sport competition and elite athletes but also physical activities. All the decisions were voted at the unanimity.


2.    Document on the Situation of Sport and Exercise Psychology in Europe

The goal of this document is to

1.    Collect information on the education, training, supervision, professional practice and organizations in sport psychology in Europe;

2.    Suggest improvements in the education and training of sport psychologists;

3.    Propose criteria for a Europsy certification in sport and exercise psychology.


 The plan proposed by the convenor in a previous meeting was further discussed by all the members and it was agreed to keep this template which was completed by further questions. This plan was suggested in order to have a common framework that facilitates the collection and the writing of the document.

This template will be sent to all the members to complete or to write their document according to the precise guideline (see attached file). We decided to collect all the documents before the end of the year in order to propose a draft next year and discuss it during our next meeting.

Here are the previous points discussed during the preceding meeting in Brussels.

The TF agreed on the following points:

·      There should be focus on the psychologists specialized in sport field (discuss on the mainstream psychology only if related to sport psychology).

·      The specificities of the psychologists compared to the other practitioners in sport settings (mental coach) should be mentioned.

·      The criteria of Europsy for the suggestions to improve the education and training of psychologist exercising in sport field should be followed.


Thus, the main chapter will examine:

1.    Country structure

2.    Education

3.    Training

4.    Practise

5.    Organisations

6.    Suggestions of improvement

7.    Suggestions of criteria for a Europsy certification in Sport and Exercise Psychology


This last chapter concerning suggestions of criteria is one of the most important and has to be developed. After a presentation of the Finnish certification by Taru Lintunen (chairman of the Finnish sport psychology certification committee), a long discussion about the criteria followed. This discussion is summarized in an attached document written by Christopher Willis and will serve as a guideline and a basis for the specialist certificate EUROPSY in Sport and exercise Psychology.

For each member, a draft of few pages (3-5) is expected by the end of December. Some of the documents already written can be improved according to the new recommendations made by the TF during the meeting.


3.    Place and calendar of meetings in 2014

During the meeting, members’ of the Task Force discussed the potential places and dates for the upcoming meetings, in accordance with the working plan and deadlines of tasks for the team.

Given that the important tasks, it was decided to organize 2 meetings for 2015.

1.    In April 2015, Pedro Almeida kindly invites us in Portugal. The goal is to work on the document and criteria. And to prepare a symposium in sport and exercise psychology for the next congress in Milan.

Because of the deadline the 15th October 2014, the members who want to propose a communication should send their proposal to michel.nicolas@u-bourgogne.fr before September to organize the symposium. We missed the ICAP congress in Paris by a lack of communications. The theme of the symposium to be convenient for the most of us would be: The psychologist in sport and exercise. The title is opened to suggestions.

2.    In July, during the 14th ECP congress in Milan the 7-10 July 2015, we will present: (1) the document and a proposal for a certification in sport and exercise psychology to EFPA board, (2) a symposium if we have enough presentations.


Our next GA will be organized during one of these two meetings according to the number of present members.


4.  Closure

The convenor thanked the participants for attending the meeting and closed the 4th meeting at 3.00pm.



The final list of participants’ Task Force Sport and Exercise Psychology: