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What is a CMPC?

A Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) is a professional who specializes in helping athletes, coaches, and individuals in various performance domains optimize their mental and emotional skills to achieve peak performance. CMPCs are trained and certified experts in the field of sport and performance psychology. They work with clients to address psychological aspects that can impact performance, such as stress, anxiety, confidence, focus, motivation, and goal setting.

Key aspects of a Certified Mental Performance Consultant's role include:

  1. Assessment: CMPCs often start by conducting assessments to understand an individual's or team's psychological strengths and weaknesses. These assessments help create a personalized plan for improvement.

  2. Mental Skills Training: They teach a range of mental skills and techniques tailored to the client's specific needs. This may include relaxation exercises, visualization, self-talk, and goal-setting strategies.

  3. Performance Enhancement: CMPCs help clients enhance their performance by working on areas like concentration, confidence, resilience, and coping with performance pressure.

  4. Mental Toughness: They assist in developing mental toughness, which is the ability to maintain focus and perform at a high level under challenging and high-pressure situations.

  5. Goal Setting: CMPCs guide clients in setting and working toward both short-term and long-term goals. This process includes creating actionable steps and tracking progress.

  6. Stress Management: They help athletes and performers manage stress, anxiety, and other negative emotions that can affect performance.

  7. Team Dynamics: In addition to working with individuals, CMPCs often work with teams to improve communication, cohesion, and leadership within the group.

  8. Injury Rehabilitation: CMPCs can assist athletes in coping with injuries, maintaining motivation during recovery, and facilitating a smoother return to play.

To become a Certified Mental Performance Consultant, individuals typically need to meet specific educational and training requirements, which often include:

  • A master's or doctoral degree in sport psychology or a related field.

  • Completion of a supervised internship or practical experience.

  • Passing a certification exam, such as the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) certification.

  • CMPC Candidate Handbook

Certification by AASP indicates that the consultant has met certain professional standards and possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively with athletes and performers.

CMPCs play a valuable role in helping individuals and teams achieve their full potential by addressing the mental and emotional aspects of performance, which are often as crucial as physical skills in many sports and performance domains.

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