TitleProfessional practices utilized by psychologists and performance enhancement specialists in their work with performing artists
NameKugler, Greta Lynne (author), Maher, Charles (chair), Gantwerk, Lewis (internal member), Rutgers University, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology,
DescriptionPerformance psychology can be considered as an emerging aspect of research and professional practice, nationally and internationally, with traditional focus and application having been largely upon athletics, being referred to as sport psychology. This dissertation examined the reported professional practices in providing services to performing artists in such disciplines as music, theater, and dance. This investigation is relevant to sport and performance psychology since empirical documentation of how individuals provide service to performing artists has been underreported in professional literature. This survey research investigation was undertaken to more specifically understand the current professional practices and services being offered to performing artists, including in the following areas: (a) exploration of typical referrals and presenting issues; (b) details regarding assessment, psychoeducation, personal support, and performance enhancement programs; (c) methods of monitoring client progress; intervention and consultation approaches and potential pitfalls; (d) recommended areas of specialized training and knowledge for professionals; and (e) other related matters. An internet survey and follow-up telephone interview protocol were administered to a sample of psychologists and self designated performance enhancement coaches/specialists to assess details of their professional work with performing artists, to explore the formal and informal preparatory training they received for working with such populations, to gather recommendations for future professionals interested in assisting performing artists, and more. Survey results indicated a unique set of psychological and educational needs and specific context-based methods of assistance being offered to performing artists. Based on these results and related understandings, a set of guidelines for training and professional practice are offered for professionals working with performing artists. These guidelines include, but are not limited to: (1) areas of specialized knowledge, such as treatment of performance anxiety, and, general performance enhancement techniques to address creative block, audition and role preparation, under-employment and career development, self-esteem, and eating disorders; (2) areas of training and education including general psychology, performance consultation, mental skills training and more; and, (3) benchmarks for practice including professional treatment cautions, areas for referral and consultation, basic human qualities desired in treatment providers, and more.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references (p.152-157)
Noteby Greta Lynne Kugler
CollectionGraduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.