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PSYC4731: Psychology of Peak Performance

The Psychology of Peak Performance draws on theories and models of sport, performance and positive psychology and applies these to use in executive, workplace and personal coaching practice. Topics covered include flow, mental toughness, mental readiness, concentration enhancement strategies and techniques, rehearsal and debrief strategies, thriving under pressure, self-coaching, overcoming setbacks, performance protocols, focusing, and surviving success. In addition the unit covers issues related to high performing teams and groups. Issues of work/life balance are also addressed, particularly in relation to the management of optimal energy levels (avoiding burnout). There is emphasis on both theoretical understanding and personal practice. The experiential learning component requires students to evaluate each week's topic in relation to their own personal life experience and to participate in group discussion and coaching practice.

Code PSYC4731
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a basic understanding of peak performance psychology, key theories and principles
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of key techniques use in performance psychology
  • LO3. critically evaluate current peak performance research and its practical applications
  • LO4. construct coherent models of peak performance for the purpose of meeting specific client needs
  • LO5. apply the taught theories and techniques to a wide range of coaching client issues.