Enhancing Performance and Quality of Life Book & Guide

Areas of expertise and advancements long recognized within the field of sport psychology have recently gained recognition for improving performance outside the realm of sport, in areas such as the performing arts, the armed services, and even enhancing one’s overall health and quality of life.

Enhancing Performance Health and Quality of Life textbook and companion guide are primarily designed help students at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as current practitioners in a variety of health and behavior-related fields, hone skills needed to help their clients enhance their performance using a life development intervention model. Applicable for use in a one-on-one client setting or in a class, workshop, professional development or training program, the textbook provides a conceptual overview and framework for how to teach, apply, and evaluate this new approach to counseling that promotes positive development, while the companion guide provides in-depth opportunities to practice and develop the relevant skills. The two-part workbook addresses adult and youth skills development separately; adults can review, learn, and practice life skills presented in this text on their own, at their own pace. A separate section is focused on teaching life skills concepts and practices to youth.  

Together, this two volume set ― textbook and practical guide ― contain tools and activities that can be used across disciplines, age groups, and demographics, providing a valuable resource for mental skills consultants, recreational therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, life coaches, nutritionists, sport psychologists, as well as undergraduate and graduate students in these fields of study.


In addition to discussion of nonverbal behaviors, needs, values, and beliefs of the clients and ethics, evaluation, and self-care for the practitioner, concepts and session topics include goal setting, planning, and overcoming roadblocks; effective decision-making; creating a social support team; managing stress; improving communication; as well as effectively transferring and transitioning these skills to other areas of life.