Community college athletic programs are often filled with dedicated and resilient student-athletes from underserved communities. Dr. Jason von Stietz recently presented a sport psychology case study of a Los Angeles community college women’s softball team. The team endured a challenging season in which interpersonal conflict among players led to half of them resigning from the team, leaving the team mostly comprised of players with little to no competitive softball experience. The team competed against other community college teams as they faced significant psychological distress. They amassed a season record of 30 losses and 1 win, winning their final game of the season.
Dr. von Stietz presented on his approach to providing sport psychology services for the team. He discussed his use of the growth mindset to help athletes re-conceptualize success, initiative games to develop team cohesion, mental skills that assist athletes in performing under pressure, and mental health consultations for athletes and coaches.
Dr. Jason von Stietz specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Sport/Performance Psychology. He works in the Torrance office and is available for a free initial phone consultation.