European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC)
Hosted by the Forum of Applied Sport Psychologists in Topsport

Tuesday 12th July 2011, Madeira

The Forum of Applied Sport psychologists in Topsport (FAST) brings together professionals from around Europe who provide applied sport psychology support services to athlete, teams, coaches, and other support personnel (e.g., team managers) at the youth, elite and Olympic levels. Since its first meeting in Athens, prior to the 2004 Olympic Games, FAST has organized workshops and conferences for applied sport psychologists as well as elite athletes and coaches around Europe as well as in Asia.
In Madeira, the FAST group will be hosting a pre-congress educational workshop for sport psychology practitioners and those interested in the delivery of psychological support to athletes, coaches, parents and organisations. Therefore, it is an excellent opportunity for delegates to meet high performance practitioners with extensive experience in the field.
The workshop will take place on Tuesday 12th July 2011. It will focus on the development of your consulting skills, techniques and contextual knowledge related to building and maintaining confidence in athletes and teams. The day will combine interactive sessions focused on skill practice in one-to-one consulting and visualisation techniques; presentations related to confidence building strategies for particular sports/situations; and ‘case study’ discussions related to working with ‘challenging’ teams and themes that draw out implications for your professional practice. Please refer to the preliminary program – overleaf.
Registration Dates, Process and Fees
This 2011 FAST Pre-Congress Workshop is open not only to the sport psychology community, but also to the world of sports (e.g., athletes, coaches, team managers). The total number of participants however will be restricted to a maximum number in order facilitate appropriate interactions. Therefore, early registration is encouraged.

–    FEPSAC Individual member (*): € 175
–    Member of a FEPSAC Group member (**): € 200
–    Students and Delegates of least developed countries (***): € 150
–    Other: € 225
Payment of fee: using Paypal or payment via bank (see details on FEPSAC website).
Lunch is not included in the registration fee.
(*) FEPSAC Individual members must provide proof of their membership for the year 2011 when submitting his/her payment (bank or Paypal receipt of the payment).
(**) Members of a FEPSAC Group member must provide proof of their membership for the year 2011 and students must provide proof of their status (by a signed and headed letter from their institution/tutor) when submitting his/her payment.
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Important dates
1 April 2011: Opening registration of your intention to participate. Please complete the submission form when available (see FEPSAC website at This includes also indicating your choice for option 1 or 2 (see programme).
8 May 2011: Closing registration of your intention to participate. After this date no more submissions will be taken.
15 May 2011: Confirmation of whether your request to participate has been successful. If successful, then you will need to pay your fee. Please note that possible transfer or bank costs need to be paid by you. If not, then your registration may be declined.
15 May 2011: Confirmation that you have been registered to participate (if your payment has correctly and in full been received).

Preliminary program
08h15-08.45    Registration of the participants
08.45-09h00     Welcome and introduction by Paul Wylleman (Coordinator FAST and President of FEPSAC; Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
09h00-10h30     Workshop
Developing confidence in face to face practice: Intake skills and brief contact case formulations (Chris Harwood, Loughborough, UK & Tomas Gursky, Czech Republic – and all FAST colleagues)
This workshop starts the day with an opportunity to practice brief contact intake interview skills with ‘role playing’ clients who present a confidence-related concern. The aim is to practice your interpersonal and rapport skills as a consultant alongside a solution-focused approach that will assist and support the client.
10h30-11h00    Break
11h00-12h30    Knowledge and Skill Builder Presentations
The management versus impairment of an athlete’s self-confidence: The role of the coach and other support staff (Nadine Debois, INSEP, France)
Building athletes self-confidence through attentional training in shooting/throwing sports (Alberto Cei, University of Tor Vergata, Rome; Cei Consulting)
Developing young athletes’ self-esteem and self-confidence: The role of the family (Maria Psychountaki, University of Athens, Greece)
12h30-13h30    Lunch (not included in registration fee)
13h30-15h00    Themed Workshop and Case Discussions
Option 1: Bringing athletes confidence back on track after overtraining and overuse problems (Daniel Birrer, Swiss Federal Institute of Sport, Magglingen, Switzerland & Urban Johnson, University of Halmstad, Sweden)
Option 2: Ways of working with an elite team: The challenges of applying MBTI and other strategies (Hardy Menkehorst, The Netherlands & Hafrun Kristiansdottir, Iceland)
Delegates will select at registration one of these workshops to attend. Each workshop will present some key principles and a stimulus real-life case which delegates will then debate/discuss and feedback in small groups.
15h00-15h30    Break
15h30-17h00     Workshop
Practicing language skills to intensify the effectiveness of visualization with athletes (Gregor Kuhn, Germany)
This workshop focuses on the linguistic skills of the consultant in developing a powerful and effective visualisation experience for confidence building in the athlete. A demonstration of a visualisation script will be conducted before delegates have the opportunity to practice the development and delivery of a visualisation script in pairs.
17h00-17h30     Q and A and closing of the Pre-Congress Workshop by Paul Wylleman (Coordinator
FAST and President of FEPSAC; Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Congress room and registration desk
To be announced on FEPSAC Congress website.

Registration Form

Please download, complete and submit the following form to register your interest in attending the FAST workshop. There are a limited number of places available and you will be informed by May 15th if you have been successful in gaining a place. If accepted, you will be required to pay your registration fee to FEPSAC. Only a correct payment of your registration fee will finalize your participation.

Click here to download registration form.

Form should be submitted to:
Alberto Cei