Tin Cup

Tin Cup

From IMDb:  Roy ‘Tin cup’ McAvoy, a failed pro golfer who lives at the run-down driving range which he manages with his sidekick and caddy Romeo in the West Texas tin pot town of Salome, ends up signing over ownership to a madam of ‘show girls’ to pay off debts. His foxy novice golf pupil, female psychiatrist Dr. Molly Griswold, turns out to be the new girlfriend of McAvoy’s sarcastic one-time college golf partner, slick PGA superstar David Simms, who drops by to play into Roy’s fatal flaw: the inability to resist a dare, all too often causing him to loose against lesser players, in this case gambling away his car. Falling for Molly, Roy decides to become her patient; in order to earn her respect, he decides to try to qualify for the US Open, after starting off as Simm’s caddy ‘for the benefit of his experience’. His talent proves more then adequate, but over-confident negligence of risks, while pleasing the crowds, is murder on his scores, while Simms spits on the fans but never wastes a point… Written by KGF Vissers

Paper Overview:

This paper is due Tuesday, November 29th @ 11:59 a.m.

There are two main topics for this assignment – 1) Development of a PST program for Roy; 2) Examination of the ethics, competence and training of Dr. Molly Griswold.

1) Select a PST model, and describe the development of a PST program for Roy.

2) Ethics/Practice of Sport Psychologists and Clinical vs. Performance Problems in Sport

The main question we are interested in answering is “Does Roy have a “clinical/counseling” or “performance” problem? Cite specific scenes as examples to support your point of view.

The second question we are seeking to answer concerns Molly’s ethical conduct:  did Dr. Molly Griswold violate the APA Code of Conduct or APA Code of Ethics (mostly interested in Standard #2 and #3).  She is not a “sport psychologist”, but if she were did she respect the AASP Code of Ethics?  Would she meet the standard be become an AASP Certified Consultant?  Support your point of view with evidence from the film.

Specific scenes as examples. AASp is no longer providing a link to their Code of Ethics – however here is one of their documents comparing the AASP Code to the APA Code: APA & AASP Code Comparison
Professional Preparation for Sport Psychologists – AASP Certified Consultant Requirements can provide an overview of the training required to practice sport psychology (i.e., has Molly met all of these requirements?).  BASES also provides information on training required to practice spot psychology in the UK:  BASES route to sport psychology consulting


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