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Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Frequently Asked Questions

CPEX consultants are graduate students – do they receive supervision?

Each CPEX consultant receives supervision from several perspectives during any work with CPEX clientele. Consultants receive weekly individual and group supervision from a faculty supervisor with a doctoral degree or license in psychology, as well as weekly supervision from an alumni consultant supervisor, and a group of peers. All information discussed in supervision is confidential and no personal identifying information is included.

Are my sessions with my CPEX consultant confidential?

Yes. All consultants adhere to ethical and legal guidelines of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and American Psychological Association (APA). Any personal identifying information or content discussed in sessions with your CPEX consultant are confidential, unless this content or information involves the following: Reports of abuse or neglect of a child, elderly, or persons with a disability, or threat or intent to harm yourself or others. Upon disclosure of this information, your CPEX consultant is ethically and legally obligated to follow the required reporting procedures. 

Are your services covered by health insurance?

Neither CPEX nor our consultants bill insurance. If you would like to submit your proof of payment to your insurance company, that is at your discretion. While insurance plans vary greatly in what services they will cover, typically they will not cover services that do not include a psychological diagnosis (CPEX consultants do not make diagnoses, and therefore our services are usually not covered).

 What happens when my consultant graduates?

Prior to completion of your CPEX consultant’s degree, he/she will acquire a consultant trainee for each partnership. This trainee will shadow the consultant and begin building relationships with that consultant’s clientele prior to graduation. Upon graduation, the consultant trainee will transition into the consultant role, maintaining the partnership with CPEX.

What if I want to keep the same consultant after he/she graduates from MASPP?

CPEX clients have the option to retain their consultant after graduation by hiring that consultant as a member of their team or organization’s coaching or performance staff. Alumni consultants operate on individual fee scales, and are external to CPEX. If you wish to maintain the relationship with your existing consultant, you will terminate your partnership with CPEX and enter into a new partnership with the alumni consultant.

When will I see results?

Results of working with a CPEX consultant vary, and are contingent upon the following: (1) client motivation and willingness to change, (2) client commitment to the partnership, (3) a willingness to commit to the process, and (4) practice, practice, practice. Training your brain is similar to training a muscle – you won’t see an increase in strength or skill overnight. All change and growth takes time, consistency, and commitment.

I am a minor – how are my parents involved in my CPEX partnership?

When entering into a partnership with your son or daughter, the CPEX consultant will have the first meeting with the client and parent(s)/guardian(s) together. This meeting will include a discussion of expectations and confidentiality. While parents/guardians are often the primary point of contact for scheduling, CPEX consultants will conduct sessions with the client alone. Requests from parents to sit in on a session will be handled by the consultant on a case by case basis.

How involved is my coach or supervisor in the consulting process?

Coaches often initiate partnerships with CPEX consultants and are the primary point of contact throughout the services provided. Team or group sessions are open to coaches and supervisors. Coaches often work with the CPEX consultant to determine content of sessions, and to select mental skills that they believe will benefit their team. Many coaches meet with CPEX consultants individually to gain a greater understanding of mental skills to apply in their own communication or work with athletes/performers.

How many sessions are conducted for a team during a season?

Session frequency and length are determined by the coach (or client) and consultant. Some coaches prefer one session every week, whereas others prefer multiple, shorter sessions throughout the week. Coaches and consultants will agree upon the number and frequency of sessions while discussing the terms of the consulting agreement.

What role does mental training play with physical training?

Mental training is not a replacement for physical skills and training, it is a supplement. Mental and physical skills training must occur simultaneously for an individual client to succeed. While CPEX consultants clearly uphold the importance of physical training, it is our job to focus on building mental skills and working with clients to apply them to performance. Your CPEX consultant will not coach or consult on physical or tactical skills – your CPEX consultant will serve as a mental coach, emphasizing the implementation of mental skills in practice and performance to enhance success.

If you have any further questions about our consulting services, please contact Dr. Jessica Dale Bartley by email or phone: (303) 871-6087.