Solution Focused Assessment

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Orientation Questions

  1. What do you find most enjoyable or rewarding about participating in your sport?
  2. What can you tell me about your sport that will help me understand what it takes to be a champion?

Defining the Problem

  1. What is the primary problem you are having?
  2. Has this ever been a problem for you before?
  3. What do you believe to be the basic cause of this problem?

Goal-Oriented Questions

  1. How would you like things to be different when we are done working together?
  2. What would your ideal outcome be? Describe a movie script depicting this outcome.
  3. What would be a minimally satisfying outcome?
  4. How important is it for you to achieve this goal?

Solution Focused Questions

The following questions require you to use your imagination. First imagine that you have an important competition tomorrow. Next, imagine that tonight while you are asleep a miracle takes place and all the changes you would like to happen have occurred. However, you are not aware of it yet because you are asleep. Describe what you would notice as you go about your day to let you know that these changes have occurred.

  1. What would you notice first thing in the morning upon opening your eyes?
  2. What would you notice during the remainder of the morning?
  3. What would you notice at lunch time?
  4. What would you notice in the locker room getting suited up?
  5. What would you notice during your warm-up?
  6. What would you notice during the competition?
  7. What would you notice following the competition?

Resource Retrieval Questions

  1. Tell me about times when you have been "in the zone" and everything was going perfectly.
  2. In recalling one of your all time best performances rate each item according to what you were experiencing:
    Felt extremely relaxed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Felt extremely anxious
    Felt extremely confident 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Felt extremely uncertain
    Felt in complete control 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Had no control at all
    Muscles were relaxed 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Muscles were tense
    Felt extremely energetic 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Felt extremely fatigued
    Self-talk was positive 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Self-talk was negative
    Felt extremely focused 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Felt extremely unfocused
    Felt effortless 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Felt great effort
    Had high energy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Had low energy
  3. What are your strengths as an athlete, both psychologically and physically?
  4. Is anything in particular holding you back, or blocking you from performing at your best right now?
    1. What have you tried to do already to solve this problem?
    2. What were the results of this intervention?
  5. What prior experiences have you had with sport psychologists or sport psychology, either good ones or bad ones?

Contextual-Support Questions

  1. Is there anyone who wants this change more than you?
  2. Who is your hero; who is your role model
  3. Do you have friends, families, and teammates who are supporting you in your athletic aspirations?
  4. Do you know people who have the kind of problem you are having, and if so, how did they overcome it?